Community Members

Professor of History in the State University of New York, College at Cortland

Dr. Randi Storch

Beau Harbin is an engaged and informed legislator. He repeatedly goes above and beyond to educate himself on issues and communicate with his constituents. He is a strong, thoughtful voice in our county legislature. I whole-heartedly endorse his candidacy.
Editor, Haskins Society Journal and Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York, College at Cortland

Dr. Laura Gathagan

I’m delighted to voice my support for Beau Harbin as our Legislative District 2 representative. I’ll be honest, I voted for Beau the first time he ran for County Legislator. Well, his service over his first term has exceeded my (really rather high!) expectations. He is always available to chat with his constituents and is open to opinions from all of us in the ward. He is visible in our community and gets involved. But more than all of this, he is incredibly thoughtful about the decisions he makes on our behalf. He weighs the issues in front of him with great thoroughness and – importantly - does the background digging to make sure that what is presented to him is the whole story. He is completely transparent about how he votes and why. He even posts his decisions and rationale on Facebook! That’s really helpful, as many of us simply don’t have the time to research each issue that comes before the legislature in depth. That’s what representation is in an ideal world- electing someone who investigates all sides and gives us the straight story. One last thing- Beau doesn’t just work for our Legislative District - he really works for Cortland as a whole. The decisions he’s faced with affect all of us and his priorities serve both our neighborhood and the rest of Cortland. I fully support his candidacy and look forward to seeing what another term brings with Beau in the legislature.
Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the State University of New York, College at Cortland

Dr. Robert Spitzer

Beau Harbin has proven himself an excellent legislator. He is no back-bencher, but a legislator who has already earned a leadership position in the county legislature, where he has been thoughtful and engaged. He has sought out opinions from residents of the district, and has shared their concerns. He has done just what we elected him to do, and I urge that we re-elect him come November.
Mayor, City of Cortland

Brian Tobin

Beau is a forward thinker who rolls his sleeves up and gets the job done. He represents the City well!
Mayor of the Village of Homer and Director of the New York State Senate Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Darren "Hal" McCabe

I am thrilled Beau is running for re-election as Cortland County Legislator. His work on the Legislature, his support and understanding of the needs and challenges facing the village, the city and all Cortland County residents, and his active involvement with many community organizations have always impressed me and have demonstrated a clear commitment to our community. He clearly has a firm grasp of the critical issues faced by Cortland County and has worked diligently to represent not only his own constituents but also the citizens of our village. I support his re-election as Cortland County Legislator and believe the residents of the city have a tireless champion.
Former Mayor and Alderman of City of Cortland

Bruce Tytler

Beau Harbin is exactly the right person to represent us in LD2. Beau thinks to the future, is incredibly bright, and knows how build a consensus. He takes the time to inform himself on the issues and he will continue to bring the energy and enthusiasm we need in our county legislature. Beau Harbin is the right person to represent us in LD2 and I plan to vote for Beau on Election Day, November 5th (or possibly sooner with early voting starting October 26th).


Named a Bold Progressive Champion by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

2 Sept 2019 — Beau Harbin, who is running for Cortland County Legislator for LD 2 in the City of Cortland, was named a 2019 Champion by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which recognizes candidates from around the country who are fighting for progressive priorities and looking out for the needs of everyday families. "Our 2019 Champions across the country are committed to solving big problems affecting their communities,” said Marissa Barrow, a spokesperson for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Selected for their bold vision, these candidates are highly capable leaders ready to make change." "The candidates on our Champions List are running great campaigns powered by the grassroots, not corporate interests," said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "We're proud to support them as they take power back for their communities and turn big ideas into action for working families." "The lack of financial responsibility of many past Legislatures is finally catching up with Cortland. As we focus on making tough choices for the coming years, I continue to be committed to defending our most vulnerable citizens, advocating for all City residents, and fighting to preserve our safe and welcoming community." The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is a million-member grassroots organization building power at the local, state, and federal levels, and advocating for economic populist priorities like expanding Social Security, debt-free college, Wall Street reform, and Medicare for All. The PCCC has raised over $29 million to support progressive candidates and committees from small-dollar, grassroots donations, including $1.1 million to support Elizabeth Warren’s Senate run in 2012. Last cycle, PCCC supported nearly 1200 candidates at the federal, state and local level across the country.
NDCO recognize Legislator Harbin's efforts to ensure Cortland County's finances are being managed responsibly

National Democratic County Officials

National Democratic County Officials (NDCO) endorse Beau Harbin for re-election as Cortland County (NY Legislator National Democratic County Officials recognize Legislator Harbin's efforts to ensure Cortland County's finances are being managed responsibly Washington DC – The National Democratic County Officials (NDCO) have endorsed for re-election Beau Harbin for Legislator in Cortland County, New York. Cortland County is located in central New York State in the Appalachian Plateau. “Beau Harbin has been a watchdog on behalf of the taxpayers of Cortland County,” NDCO Chair Commissioner Debbie Goettel (Hennepin County, MN) said. “Harbin has been an advocate on behalf of residents who have had to endure cuts in services and increased taxes while Republicans mismanage the county’s finances.” “Harbin works on behalf of those who are most vulnerable. Unfortunately, Cortland County government has not been able to meet the challenges facing the community as the Republicans mismanage the county’s finances and are unable to provide for today’s needs or prepare for tomorrow’s.” Cortland County, NY has been a bellwether of the Presidential race. The Presidential candidate with the most votes in Cortland County has also won the Presidential race in every election since 1980. The National Democratic County Officials (NDCO) is the official Democratic Party organization supporting the efforts of Democratic county officials across the country. NDCO has launched the first national political program that is helping Democratic county officials and candidates win elections. NDCO is building the infrastructure of the Democratic Party by introducing cutting edge political tools and promoting best practices to Democrats running for county office.
New York Working Families Party

Working Families Party