If at first you don't succeed, try again.
That's the approach Indian American environmental activist Pramilla Malick is taking with regard to the state Senate seat in New York's 42nd District, running once again this year.
Malick, a Democrat from Minisink, earned her way onto the ticket in 2016 through a write-in primary in 2016 but was defeated by more than 20 points by Republican incumbent John Bonacic (see India-West article here).
Malick said people are “rightfully disgusted” with the way government is being run, according to reports.
“We are dealing with some really heavy issues – some life and death issues; this is going to be a pretty serious, high stakes race, I believe. We are fighting for the survival of our county at this point,” she said in multiple reports.
The candidate, according to her campaign website, www.pramilla.com, said she is campaigning with a platform of issues including the environment, ethics, education, energy and employment.
After failing in the 2016 election, Malick did not completely fall into obscurity. In the summer of 2017, she was among a group of protesters who were arrested and faced jail time when protesting a natural gas power plant being built in Wawayanda. She was released after spending four days behind bars.
A mother of four, Malick has spent much of her career working with technology companies helping people gain skills and industry certifications required for meaningful careers in the IT industry, her campaign page said.
As her children transformed from toddlers to teenagers, Malick grew concerned about what type of world she was sending them into, it added.
She watched as dangerous gas infrastructure was brought to her community, while the quality of life and education declined, the page said.
Malick was forced to raise the alarm when the town formulated a plan to build a compressor station half a mile away from her Minisink home in 2011. Since then, she has been a leading voice in the struggle against hydraulic fracturing and its related infrastructure.
Malick currently works with several grassroots organizations on formulating health, energy and climate change policy on the local, state and national level.
She has also presented her work to the EPA and Council on Environmental Quality along with community organizations throughout the country.
Born in India and raised in Scranton, Pa., Malick is the daughter of a public science teacher mother and University of Scranton physics professor father. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in biology.