Republican Assembly candidate Colin Schmitt formally launched his campaign for the 99th Assembly District seat on Saturday with a rally with relatives and supporters at an American Legion hall in New Windsor.
“I will work tirelessly to deliver our fair share from Albany to lower property taxes, invest in our schools and create jobs in our community,” Schmitt said in a press release afterward. “I will stand up for our students to stop common core and return control of our children’s education to local parents. ”
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec and other Republican officials spoke in support of Schmitt at his announcement. Schmitt, a New Windsor resident who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the 99th District seat in 2012, registered as a candidate for the 2016 election in December and has conducted a series of “Coffee with Colin” stops at eateries and coffee shops in the 99th District’s 10 towns.
Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat who won the 99th District seat in 2012, has created a Senate campaign committee and has said he’s seriously considering running for the Senate seat that Republican Bill Larkin has long held. But he has not announced yet which office he will seek in November. No other Democrat or Republican has opened a committee to run for the 99th Assembly District, which consists of nine Orange County towns and Stony Point in Rockland. Petitions to run for state offices in November aren’t due until July 14.