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Reprinted with permission from the Times Unioin

TROY – Two Rensselaer County legislators will run against each other in the April 24 special election to fill the vacant 107th Assembly District seat.

Cindy Doran (D-Troy) and Jake Ashby (R-Schodack) will compete for the job vacated by Republican County Executive Steven McLaughlin when he won the countywide office.

Ms. Doran will appear on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. Mr. Ashby has the Republican, Independence and Conservative ballot positions. They were selected by the party committees.

Ms. Doran was just elected to her second four-year term as a county legislator. She’s taught at Troy High School for 30 years. She was a council member of Our Lady of Victory Parish and a board member of the Linden Hills neighborhood association.

Mr. Ashby won his first election as a county legislator in November. He served eight years in the U.S. Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, reaching the rank of captain. He’s worked as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation director and started a local practice in 2014.

The 107th District includes part of the city of Troy and the Rensselaer County towns of Berlin, Brunswick, East Greenbush, Grafton, Hoosick, Nassau, Petersburgh, Pittstown, Poestenkill, Schaghticoke, Schodack and Stephentown; the Columbia County towns of Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Hillsdale, Kinderhook and New Lebanon; and the Washington County towns of Cambridge and White Creek.

In the sprawling 102nd Assembly District, Greene County Legislator Aidan O’Connor Jr. of Durham is the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality parties candidate running against Schoharie Supervisor Christopher Tague, who is the Republican, Independence, and Conservative candidate.

Mr. Tague and Mr. O’Connor are seeking to succeed former Republican Assemblyman Peter Lopez, who left the office to become the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2.

The 102nd District includes the towns of Stockport and Stuyvesant in Columbia County, all of Greene and Schoharie counties and parts of Albany, Delaware, Otsego and Ulster counties.

In the 2016 Assembly elections, Mr. McLaughlin and Mr. Lopez each ran unopposed. The special election in April is to fill the remaining months of their two-year terms. The two seats will be back on the ballot in November for a full two-year term.

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