Albany, NY- Tistrya Houghtling, joined by Rensselaer County Chairman Mike Monescalchi , Columbia County Chairman Keith Kanaga and Phil Markham of the Working Families Party filed 1,609 Democratic signatures, more than triple the required amount and 86 Working Families Party signatures, more than double the required amount for the 107th Assembly District at the New York State Board of Elections.
“I am overwhelmed and grateful for the grassroots support of the committee members and other volunteers who have worked so hard the last few weeks to gather these signatures. Their hard work and dedication will carry us to a victory on Election Day.”, Houghtling stated.
Rensselaer County Democratic Chairman Mike Monescalchi said, “Tistrya was unanimously endorsed by our committee and this level of support is evidence that there is great enthusiasm for her in the Democratic Party.”
“Tistrya has shown as Town Clerk that she is accessible, transparent, and extremely hard working. She has respect across the political spectrum and our committee is excited to get out and work to elect her.”, stated Columbia County Democratic Chairman Keith Kanaga.
Ed McDonough, Jr., Rensselaer County Board of Elections Commissioner added, “Submitting more than three times the number of signatures required shows Tistrya has broad support across the district. She is energizing the party for this race.”
Houghtling has been endorsed by the Rensselaer County Democratic Committee, the Columbia County Democratic Committee, New York State Working Families Party, the Women’s Equality Party, and Citizen Action of New York. She is a New Lebanon native and currently serves as New Lebanon’s Town Clerk, after being elected in 2015. Houghtling served as the Deputy Court Clerk in the New Lebanon Town Court from 2010 – 2011, and then rose to Court Clerk. After five years of service in the Court, Houghtling ran a successful campaign for Town Clerk. With bi-partisan support she won a contested race by a 13% margin.
“This is a critical time for New York State and the Capital Region. We need to invest in our infrastructure, fight the backwards policies coming from Washington DC and protect our communities from the devastating opioid crisis. These problems have common sense solutions. That’s the way I have served as Town Clerk and that’s how I will serve as an Assemblywoman.”, she concluded.