Cahill seeks 13th Assembly term

State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill announced Thursday he plans to run again for the Assembly seat he has held since 1998.

The Kingston Democrat represents the 103rd Assembly District, which takes in much of Ulster County and two Dutchess County towns and has a huge Democratic enrollment edge of more than 2-to-1. No one ran against Cahill in 2018, and he won the previous two races by large margins.

In a statement, Cahill touted grants he helped secured for various local projects, including the Edmund Burke Community Resource Center in Kingston, and legislation he has sponsored such as the Statewide Emergency Tenant Protection Act.

“I will continue to work for the best interests of the people I have had the honor of serving in elective public office for 29 of the last 33 years,” said Cahill, a former Ulster County legislator who served one Assembly term in the 1990s before losing and regaining his seat. “While that is a long time by any measure, the duties and responsibilities are ever-evolving and my enthusiasm to serve is as strong as it was the first time I took office.”

The candidate planning to challenge Cahill in November is Rex Bridges, a Conservative Party member from Rhinebeck in Dutchess County. Candidates have until April 2 to file petitions to run.

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