Gunther confirms she’ll seek reelection

An aide to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther confirmed Friday that she plans to run for another Assembly term when elections are held for all 213 Legislature seats are held this fall.

Other legislators representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties had verified through their spokesmen that they plan to run again for a Times Herald-Record article published on Friday. Gunther’s spokeswoman hadn’t responded to the Record’s question about her 2018 plans for that story, but her legislative director, Thomas Gatto, verified on Friday that the Forestburgh Democrat plans to seek re-election.

Gunther, whose district covers most of Sullivan County and part of western Orange, has been in the Assembly for 14 years and has faced opposition for re-election only once.

Most or all of the four senators and six Assembly members now representing pieces of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan appear intent on running, with no declared challengers at this stage. One incumbent with uncertain plans is Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat who explored running for Senate in 2016 is a potential candidate for that office again. He told the Record he won’t announce his 2018 election plans until the state budget is done, which likely means April.

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