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…

EDITORIAL: Delgado for Congress

IF ANYONE IN THE 19th Congressional District has not heard about the race between incumbent Congressman John Faso and his main opponent, Antonio Delgado, it’s most likely someone isn’t going to vote in next week’s general election.

Mr. Faso, 66, a Republican who lives in Kinderhook, won election to his first term by a comfortable margin two years ago. But he has been dogged by protests around the district since taking office and early in his term in the 19th CD the mass media and pollsters flagged it as one of the districts where Democrats might have a chance of flipping the district this year.

The district covers all of Columbia County and all or parts of 10 other counties in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Voters supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012 but went for Donald Trump in 2016. Read more…