Martha Robertson

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Martha Robertson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 23
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Tompkins County Legislature
Bachelor'sCornell University
Campaign website
Martha Robertson campaign logo
Martha Robertson is a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of New York.[1] She ran unopposed for both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2]


Robertson grew up working with her parents in their small business, Liberty Nursery. She then attended Cornell University and eventually moved to Cleveland, where she helped to start the Cleveland Children's Museum. In 2002, after moving back to New York, Robertson became a member of the Tompkins County Legislature, and was a chair for the group from 2010 to 2013.[3]


  • Studied Early Childhood Education at Cornell University[3]


Campaign themes


Robertson lists the following themes on her campaign website:[4]

  • Invest in the Middle Class: "I’m running for Congress to help break the gridlock that’s prevented America from building a stronger economy that benefits everyone. Government can’t do it alone; we must forge public/private partnerships and bipartisan alliances to address the top issues facing us: creating high-quality jobs, prioritizing education, and protecting Medicare and Social Security."
  • Jobs & Economic Development: "Martha understands that a vibrant job market is critical to all aspects of community development. That's easy to say, hard to do, but her record as a job creator proves she knows how!
    Before entering the public arena Martha started her own business, working in museum exhibit design and construction. She knows what it is like to build a business from the ground up, find customers, and meet a payroll. She will fight to keep these opportunities alive for today’s small business owners and create an environment that encourages tomorrow’s entrepreneurs as well."
  • Clean Energy and the Environment: "Martha knows that our region will be best served by strengthening our existing economic drivers including agriculture, tourism, and small businesses. She believes that we can harness our own power while creating permanent, local jobs through innovative renewable energy, efficiency, and clean tech investments and development."
  • Education for Our Future: "To Martha, a former kindergarten teacher, education is a personal mission. To this day she still believes the old saying that everything we need to know to succeed in life (and certainly in politics), we learn in kindergarten. She knows firsthand the importance of providing both teachers and students the tools they need to succeed in their respective roles."
  • Fairness and Opportunity: "Martha has wrestled with county budgets for 12 years on the Tompkins County Legislature. In most of those years the budget passed with bipartisan support, following a deliberative process involving all legislators, all department heads, and the public."
  • Our Seniors: "Martha understands that the prosperity of our community depends on the well-being of all our citizens. The elderly on fixed incomes are feeling uneasy these days as some in Congress propose to put Social Security on the chopping block. Our seniors’ livelihoods should not be subject to the vagaries of the financial markets.
    Martha will continue to fight to protect Social Security against efforts to privatize it, which would have been devastating in the recent recession."


—Martha Robertson,



See also: New York's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Robertson is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 23rd District. Robertson ran unopposed for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Jumpstart program

Robertson is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[6]


Robertson has been endorsed by the following:


In October 2013, Robertson released an introductory campaign ad, describing her background and her position on key issues.[10]

Robertson 2014 campaign ad

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Robertson's reports.[11]

Martha Robertson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$0.00$278,049.34$(30,105.48)$247,943.86
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$247,943.86$175,278.16$(47,894.72)$375,327.30
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$375,327.30$273,623.70$(89,279.64)$559,671.36
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$559,671.36$330,366.06$(76,526.64)$813,510.78
Running totals


Robertson has two grown children, a transportation planner named Jessica and an emergency physician named Adam. Adam and his wife have two children.[3]

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