EDITORIAL: 102nd: Aiden O’Connor Jr.

THE NAMES ON THE 102ND Assembly District ballot lines will look familiar to voters this November. Assemblyman Chris Tague, a Republican in his first, abbreviated, term once again faces Democrat Aiden O’Connor Jr. The two competed earlier this year in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Assemblyman Peter Lopez, a contest Mr. Tague won by 159 votes.

The only towns in Columbia County represented by the 102nd District are Stuyvesant and Stockport. But the district also includes all of Greene and Schoharie counties as well as parts of Albany, Delaware, Otsego and Ulster counties.

Both candidates have roots in the district and records of public service. Mr. Tague, 49, running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party lines, and Mr. O’Connor, 30, running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines, vow to fight state government corruption and each seems to grasp the limits of what a single member of the Assembly can accomplish. Read more…

EDITORIAL: 107th: Tistrya Houghtling

IN THE RACE FOR THE ASSEMBLY seat in the 107th District, New Lebanon Town Clerk Tistrya Houghtling on the ballot for the Democratic, Green, Working Families and Women’s Equality parties, is challenging Assemblyman Jake Ashby, who is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party lines. Mr. Ashby won his seat in a special election last spring.

The district includes northeastern Columbia County, the Towns of Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Hillsdale, Kinderhook and New Lebanon. Voters in those towns add up to a small percentage of voters the whole 107th, which encompasses almost all of Rensselaer County and a bit of Washington County too. But if one candidate wins by a wide enough margin here, it could be the margin of victory.

If voters in this county and the rest of the district want to have an effective voice in the Assembly–and why wouldn’t we–the choice should be to elect Tistrya Houghtling. Read more…

EDITORIAL: 106th: Didi Barrett

THE ASSEMBLY SEAT in the 106th District gives voters the choice between incumbent Democrat Didi Barrett, 68, and Republican William G. Truitt, 23, a Dutchess County legislator. The district covers the southern half of Columbia County, which includes the Towns of Ancram, Claverack, Clermont, Copake, Gallatin, Germantown, Ghent, Greenport, Livingston and Taghkanic, and the City of Hudson. The district also extends southward to pick up the northern half, roughly, of Dutchess County.

Assemblymember Barrett first held office after winning a special election in early 2012. Then, following statewide redistricting, she won election later that year in a redrawn district that included more of this county. Since then she has worked hard to protect farms and farmland, to bring communities together with state agencies and utilities to solve problems and to address pressing issues like Lyme disease.

She has also worked on healthcare and to find resources to respond to the opioid crisis. She has brought new ideas to job creation and she continues to press for extending access to broadband communications in all parts of this mostly rural district. Read more…

EDITORIAL: Powis for coroner

TWO CANDIDATES WITH VERY DIFFERENT sets of credentials are running against each other for one of the open positions as county coroner. Bernadette Powis is on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. Carmen Martino is running on the Republican and Conservative party.

Mr. Martino, 48, a former state trooper and investigator, was appointed a coroner earlier this year by the county Board of Supervisors following the sudden resignation of coroner Dr. Andrea Coleman, a Democrat elected last year.

Ms. Powis, 70, is registered nurse and nurse practitioner and certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. Read more…

EDITORIAL: State Senate 43rd: Aaron Gladd

THE STATE SENATE seat for the 43rd District has no incumbent candidate. State Senator Kathleen Marchione, a Republican first elected to the seat in 2012, announced that she would not run for reelection. Seeking her seat are Democrat Aaron Gladd, also on the Working Families and Women’s Equality Party lines, and Republican Daphne Jordan, who is also on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

All of Columbia County is in the 43rd District but that equals only about 21% of all active voters. The parts of Saratoga and Rensselaer counties are where the voters live. A very small part of Washington County is also in the 43rd District.

Both candidates have government experience. Ms, Jordan, a lawyer, is a Halfmoon town councilwoman and was legislative director for Sen. Marchione. Read more…