Lopez faces challenge from Miller in 102nd

GHENT–Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R) is running for reelection in the 102nd District, a change from his current seat in the 127th District following the  statewide redistricting earlier this year. He faces a challenge from Democrat Jimmy Miller, a former police officer.

The redrawn district includes the towns of Stuyvesant and Stockport in Columbia Couonty and includes all or parts of six other counties stretching west, north and south on the west side of the Hudson River.

Assemblyman Lopez was first elected to the Assembly in 2006. He lives in Schoharie and is a graduate of Schoharie Central Schools, the State University Collage at Cobleskill and the University at Albany.  Prior to serving in the Assembly, Mr. Lopez was Schoharie County clerk and a staff member at the New York State Legislature for 21 years. He was also a village trustee, town councilman and member of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors.

His top priorities, as listed on his website, are tax relief; supporting farms and small businesses; securing energy independence; ending unfunded mandates and reducing duplication of government services; helping communities recover from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee; and promoting quality, affordable public education. His campaign website is lopez4ny.com.

Mr. Miller grew up in Round Top, in Greene County. He attended the Cairo-Durham Central School District and went to the University of Albany and Marist College. He was a state trooper and in 1992 joined the Albany Police Department. He was promoted to detective in 1996, and then became the department spokesperson, a position he held until his retirement in 2012. For the last eight years, Mr. Miller has been the director of the local professional women’s golf tournament, which is part of the LPGA.

According to his website, www.jimmymillerforassembly.com, Mr. Miller supports a moratorium on Hydrofracking until the governor’s office and the state Department of Environmental Conservation can determine the full effects of the practice. He also supports funding for hurricane recovery and infrastructure improvements and rural schools. He supports the minimum wage increase but believes it should come with tax breaks and tax relief to small business that hire new employees.

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