Election jockeying continues
Former Albany police detective James Miller is actively laying the groundwork to run as a Democrat against Republican Assemblyman Peter Lopez.
According to Greene County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Doreen Parsley Davis, Miller has been exploring his options in the district, which includes portions of Schoharie, Otsego, Delaware, Albany, Greene and Columbia counties. His actions have included talking to Democratic committee members in the district.
Miller did not return a call for comment.
He previously told the Gazette that he had been interested in this race, but turned his attention to the 109th Assembly District, which includes the western half of Albany, when incumbent Jack McEneny retired. Miller is originally from Greene County, but it is not clear whether he still owns a home in this district.
Of the McEneny seat, he previous said, "It has definitely piqued my interest. ... Will I follow through? Only time will tell."
Lopez is kicking off his re-election campaign Friday at the Historic Stuyvesant Falls Hydro-Electric station.
The only other Democratic candidate that Davis was aware of for this race was Dallas Trombley, whose website describes him as a 27-year-old from New Baltimore without any political affiliation.
In other political news, Democratic state Senate hopeful Tom Dolan scored the unanimous endorsement of the Albany County Democratic Committee. Dolan is running in the 46th Senate District, which stretches from Montgomery County to Ulster County. The likely Republican candidate is Assemblyman George Amedore
Dolan said the endorsement is important because it will make it easier to collect petitions for the Democratic ballot line.
Also running for the Democratic nomination in this race is Hispanic Coalition NY President Monica M. Arias Miranda and Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education President Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Greene and Ulster county Democrats are expected to endorse a candidate in this race by the end of May.
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