Three candidates seek vacant Assembly seat in special election

Two candidates nominated by the Republican and Democratic parties and a political outsider are seeking the Assembly seat that Republican Pete Lopez vacated last year after being appointed by the Trump administration as a regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

A special election will be held April 24 for the seven-county 102nd Assembly District, which includes the Town of Saugerties in Ulster County. Republicans have chosen Schoharie Town Supervisor Chris Tague as their candidate. Democrats have nominated Aidan O’Connor, a Greene County legislator. Tague and O’Connor both plan to run on multiple ballot lines.

Wesley Laraway of Schoharie County has petitioned to run for the same seat as an independent candidate, and said on his Facebook page this week that “the political machine” has lodged petition objections to try to keep him off the ballot.

Republicans hold a significant enrollment edge in the district, which Lopez had represented for a decade.

The election winner will hold office until the end of the year and would have to run again in November to serve a full, two-year term.

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