2018-02-28 / Front Page

Assembly, Congressional hopefuls spoke at Arkville candidate forum

Republican event is set for March 3

Margaretville — The area’s political scene has been busier than usual in recent weeks, in part because of the special election for the New York State Assembly in April, and in part because of the importance of the 19th Congresssional District in the national political system. The candidates were hosted by the Catskill Mountain Bees.

Last week, Aidan O’Connor Jr., Democratic candidate for NY Assembly District 102, joined Brian Flynn and David Clegg for a public meet and greet event on Sunday, Feb. 25. Flynn and Clegg are both candidates in the Democratic primary for the House of Representatives in New York’s 19th district. They spoke with voters and answered questions during a 10 a.m.-noon session.

Flynn talked about the roll of government as helping people to not just survive, but thrive. “We need to remove barriers that keep people down.” He emphasized four issues of common concern to all residents — jobs, health care, the environment and public education — as well as the importance of reaching out, having conversations and finding solutions.

David Clegg was the next speaker, who also emphasized reaching out.

”If you can find common ground, you can find higher ground… Our district deserves a representative who is going to fight for working people, not special interests and corporations — that’s what I’ve done my entire career. And after 36 years of serving our community as a trial attorney, civil rights attorney, and social justice advocate, I’m ready to bring that fight to Congress. I’m running a people-powered campaign driven by individuals,” he commented.

O’Connor speaks

Aidan O’Connor Jr. started the second session at noon. Aidan’s introduction included information about the 102 NY Assembly District and that he is a candidate for running in a special election held on April 24. The candidate shared his personal background, and reason for entering the race. “I’m running for Assembly because I love upstate New York and I have the energy, enthusiasm and experience needed to help make our communities the best they can be.” Aidan opened the session for discussion. Voters asked a range of questions, and Aidan’s experience as a Greene County legislator and his years as an emergency medical first responder were key in several discussions, including health care and the opioid crisis.

On Sunday, March 3, the Middletown Republican Club will host Chris Tague, the Republican candidate for the New York State Assembly seat vacated by Pete Lopez. The event will take place in Margaretville at the Middletown Legion Post 216, starting at 6 p.m.

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