The Saratoga County Families First Agenda

Saratoga County is a shining example of what Republican leadership delivers for families – low taxes, healthy communities, and boundless economic and recreational opportunities. This Saratoga County way of life is driving large population increases because our Republican leaders have promised to focus on these quality-of-life issues, and they have kept those promises.

The Saratoga County Families First Agenda includes a commitment to:

Keeping Taxes Low

  • Republicans will continue to implement conservative budgeting practices and make smart use of tax dollars to keep taxes low while still making needed investments in our roads, parks, public health and safety.
  • The County has the lowest property tax rate in the state of New York and Republicans vow to keep it that way.
  • The County also has the lowest sales tax rate in the State.
  • In 2023 Saratoga County cut its already low property tax rate by 5 percent; these tax cuts will help families struggling with historically high inflation.

Investing in Public Safety

  • Saratoga County is one of the safest counties in the state, beating peers in categories like property crime, violent crime, and investments in public safety and Republicans will fight to ensure this is the case going forward.
  • The County continually invests in public safety, equipping the Sheriff’s Department with life-saving defibrillators and the latest equipment for officers — including body cameras.
  • The county has made significant investments to fight the opioid scourge and related crime while increasing resources for opioid related education, prevention, and response efforts.
  • Saratoga county supports its police force and has a Sheriff’s Department that is at full capacity.
  • Republicans will fight to ensure our communities remain safe for you and your family while continuing to make public safety investments that promote safety and transparency.

Creating Healthy Communities

  • The policies enacted by Saratoga County Republicans led to the County being rated as the healthiest County out of all 62 counties in New York State  by US News & World Report — this rating considers Social & Economic Indicators including education, employment, equity, income, family and social support, and community safety.
  • The County will continue to make prudent investments in public health. Saratoga is the first County in more than 20 years to expand its health department which will oversee public health, safety, and environment — this includes a significant investment in staffing, technology, and equipment that will protect the health and wellbeing Saratoga County residents and visitors.
  • The County is leading the state in Narcan distribution and training to save lives of those struggling with addiction.

Continuing Smart Economic Growth

  • Saratoga County leaders will continue to fight for policies that create new jobs and investment in the county, while preserving the area’s way of life.
  • Saratoga County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and Republican leadership has balanced economic growth with its committment to protecting our quality of life.
  • The County is a high-tech hub with Global Foundries investing billions in high-tech manufacturing.
  • The County has one of the lowest unemployment rates and consistently attracts new national businesses like Bass Pro Shops to the area.

Preserving and Creating Open Space and Recreational Opportunities

  • There are more than 300 miles of multi-use recreational trails throughout the County
  • More than 3‚000 acres of forestland that is open to the public for passive recreation.
  • The county has a robust farmland and open space preservation program that provides grants to municipalities to preserve these important natural resources throughout the county, spearheaded and continued by Republican leadership.
  • The County has invested in a new multi-use, community-managed forest, the 200 acre Graphite Range Community Forest, poised to become a recreational hub for the surrounding communities. Republican leaders will continue to balance economic growth with open space.
  • With five towns located in the Adirondack Park, there are endless hiking and wilderness opportunities.
  • The County continually invests in Open Space, preserving the nature of the area and Republican leaders will continue to balance economic growth with open space to preserve the Saratoga County way of life we all enjoy.

Putting Our Families First

  • Republican leadership will continue to invest in services for both youth and seniors, making Saratoga County a great place to live no matter what stage of life a person is at.
  • Saratoga County will continue to help seniors stay in their homes through smart investments in senior center programs, meal delivery and creating recreational and social opportunities, such as the widely popular annual Senior Luncheon.
  • Likewise, Republicans will continue to support programs that enhance the health, safety, educational and recreational opportunities of our youth including its nationally recognized EMT Career Pathway for Youth Program.

2023 Jasper Nolan Day at the Races Scheduled

The 2023 Jasper Nolan Day at the Races has been scheduled for Thursday, August 31st and for the first time ever, the Saratoga GOP is sponsoring a race with party representatives handing out the trophy in the Winner’s Circle.

This new twist on a classic event will feature lunch at the Trackside Grill at 11:30 am, followed by a fun-filled day a the races.

Event sponsors will receive lunch, admission to the track, seats in the 4th Floor Turf Terrace and access to a box.

We can’t wait to see you, get your tickets today or download the invitation for more information.

First Ever Straw Poll and Gas Grill Give Away at the Saratoga County Fair

The Saratoga County Republican Committee is out in force at the Saratoga County Fair, which runs from June 18th – 23rd. At our booth in the Smith Building, we’re conducting the first ever GOP Presidential Straw Poll.

Chairman Joe Whalen expressed excitement about the new poll, designed to allow fairgoers to express their voice when it comes to choosing the next GOP Presidential nominee. Whalen and a whole host of GOP officials and many of the county’s 384 GOP committee members have been and will be on hand to poll residents about who they may vote for in next year’s Presidential race, as well as weigh in on Gov. Hochul’s favorability and what local issues matter most to them.

Entrants who cast ballots are eligible to win a gas grill, symbolically defiant as Hochul and Democrats are spearheading a push to criminalize gas stoves, furnaces, ovens, grills, water heaters, dryers, pizza ovens, and generators. These policy changes will force New Yorkers to be reliant on outrageously expensive electric appliances at a time when inflation is still rampant and working families are feeling ever-increasing economic pressure. The change also places undue burdens on an electric grid that many see as already overburdened and vulnerable to collapse, foreign hacking threats and severe weather in the upstate region.

Whalen believes Saratoga County residents “deserve a choice as far as their safety and lives of their families are concerned during extreme weather events in any season.” Fairgoers are invited to vote in the poll which take 45 seconds to complete and add their names to a drawing for the grill prize, no purchase necessary. Results will be announced after the poll on our Facebook page and a winner for the door prize will be drawn Sunday night at the close of the fair.

Chairman’s Club Breakfast a Success

We had an outstanding turnout at our revitalized Chairman’s Club breakfast at the Ugly Rooster Cafe in Malta recently. We can feel the energy building as we move into the 2023 elections, as we all know that Republican leadership and values have created a standard of living in Saratoga County that is the envy of the entire state.

At the meeting the group shared perspectives and offered insights about how we can keep our Republican Party and our county moving in the right direction – with our continued focus on putting on putting families first.

27 new members attended the meeting and three more have joined since. Even with this strong turnout, there’s room for more and we’d love to have as many people as possible join the Chairman’s Club and be at our next breakfast, please consider joining today:

Join the Chairman’s Club Today

Primary Day is less than three weeks away and crucial elections are right around the corner this November. Saratoga County is the shining example of what happens when Republican leadership at every level of the county continually focuses on implementing policies that help our local businesses grow, our families thrive, and is laser-focused on creating a quality of life that the rest of the state envies.

It is that success and prosperity that has attracted people to move to Saratoga County, as we are the fastest growing county in Upstate NY. However, that means we have to fight harder than ever to get our message out – that Republican leadership matters. As more and more people move in, we need to let them know that Republican leadership has helped create the quality of life that is offered here.

So now, more than ever, we need any many people as possible to join our Chairman’s Club. Founded more than 25 years ago, the Chairman’s Club members share a passion for our county, our country and want to contribute to our continued success. By becoming a member of the Chairman’s Club, you will ensure our committee can deliver its positive message of how Republican leadership is working for Saratoga County.

The next Chairman’s Club Breakfast is on July 11, 2023 at the Ugly Rooster Cafe in Malta. We hope to see you there.

As a member of the Chairman’s Club, you will receive invitations to two exclusive breakfasts per year hosted by the County Chairman, along with multiple opportunities to meet with party leaders and discuss policy ideas and challenges facing our community. You’ll receive the latest news and updates about Party activities and get early invitations to important events, policy briefings, and more.

The next Chairman’s Club breakfast is coming up quickly, so please JOIN this vital Club and contribute to the continued success of Saratoga County. We hope to see you on July 11th!


Joe Whalen

Fill a Truck for Veterans Free Summer Picnic

Our amazing Women’s Republican Club of Saratoga County is hosting one of the best events of the year – the annual Fill a Truck for Veterans summer picnic at Burgess Kimball Memorial Park, 356 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa on June 20th at 5:00 p.m.

The picnic is free, all we ask is that you bring paper products and cleaning supplies that will be put in the back of a truck and donated to Veterans & Community Housing Coalition to further their mission of providing housing and support services to all homeless military veterans and their families.

Please come out, enjoy some great food with friends and most importantly, and let’s fill that truck and support all our veterans who have so selflessly defended our freedoms. Please tell a friend, share on social media and come on out on June 20th!

Statement from Saratoga County Republican Chairman Joe Whalen

On behalf of the entire Saratoga County Republican Committee, we offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the two sheriff’s deputies and their families who were shot today in Clifton Park. The selfless men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our families and they have our undying gratitude and respect.

We are encouraged that the most recent news on the officers is positive and we are praying for a full recovery for both. We are very fortunate to have outstanding law enforcement officials in Saratoga County, led by our Sheriff Michael Zurlo, and all the men and women of law enforcement have our full support.

First Annual Saratoga GOP Golf Outing on June 2

We are excited to announce the First Annual Saratoga Republican Committee golf outing will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at the Saratoga Lake Golf Club.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am, with a shotgun start at 10:00am. Lunch will be served at the turn, with a dinner to immediately follow the tournament.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. To register yourself, a foursome, or sponsor the event, please using this link. We hope to see as many people as possible on Friday, June 2nd!

This event will be a great opportunity to network with other Republicans, enjoy a day of golf, and raise money to strengthen our great Republican leaders in Saratoga County.

More information is available at:

You can also download the registration flyer using this link:

Meet Our New Leadership Team

On February 15, the Saratoga County Republican Committee met and elected/appointed the following officers to serve until September 2024.

Chairman:  Joe Whalen

Treasurer: Jennifer Weaver

Secretary: Scott Kingsley

First Vice Chair and Vice Chair of candidate recruitment: Jeff Jones

Vice Chair of Fundraising: Justin Baker

Vice Chair of Events: Audra Hedden

This team is dedicated to supporting and electing Republican officials who will ensure that Saratoga County continues to thrive in virtually every important economic and quality of life measurement available.