Houghtling will take on special election winner Jake Ashby in November

May 24, 2018 – At its monthly meeting tonight in Ghent, the Columbia County Democratic Committee enthusiastically endorsed candidate Tistrya Houghtling in her run for the 107th Assembly District seat in November.

The 107th Assembly District held a special election in April, after former Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin won election as Rensselaer County executive. Jake Ashby, Republican of Castleton, narrowly defeated Cindy Doran, Democrat of Troy.

Houghtling, a New Lebanon native, now serves as New Lebanon’s elected town clerk. She graduated as valedictorian from the New Lebanon Junior – Senior High School in 1997. After attending the University of Rochester, Houghtling built a successful career as a music festival organizer. Houghtling moved back to her hometown in 2010 to raise her family. Called to public service, Houghtling served as the deputy court clerk in the New Lebanon Town Court from 2010 – 2011, when she was promoted to court clerk.  After five years of service in the Court, Houghtling ran a successful campaign for town clerk. With votes from voters across all party lines, she won a contested race by a 13% margin.

As town clerk, Houghtling’s innovations have included transparent online communication of town business, creation of programs for local families in crisis, and multiple clean energy initiatives.

Keith Kanaga, chair of the Columbia County Democratic Committee, said, “Tistrya brings a wealth of public service and community experience. Her run for higher office is a natural extension of the terrific work she’s done for the town of New Lebanon.

Tistrya is concerned about jobs, clean water, helping our neighbors – making our hometowns better places for us all. We believe she’s a candidate who will understand and serve all the residents of the 107th district, and we are proud to endorse her.”

Mike Monescalchi, chair of the Rensselaer County Democratic Committee, said, “Tistrya Houghtling is an ideal choice to represent the people of the 107th Assembly District. As a dedicated public servant and mother of three, Tistrya understands the issues important to our communities and will work tirelessly for all the people of this district. I am proud to endorse her candidacy and will work to see her elected in November.”

Phil Steck, assemblyman for the 110th District, which comprises the eastern tip of Schenectady and northeastern tip of Albany County, said, “I am pleased to endorse Tistrya Houghtling for Assembly District 107.  She is a progressive Democrat who will speak up in the New York Assembly for the needs of our hardworking middle class and for improving our upstate economy. Tistrya will fight hard for the people of her district to make sure their voices are heard and their issues addressed.”

Houghtling has also received the endorsement of the Working Families Party. Phil Markham, Rennselaer County chair for the Working Families Party, said, “I’m proud to endorse Working Families-Democratic Party candidate, Tistrya Houghtling, for New York Assembly.  When anybody meets Tistrya, they immediately recognize how genuine and honest she is, and that her views on the issues important to residents of the district are informed by her own lived experience and compassion, merged with intelligence and practicality. We couldn’t have found a better person to represent the interests and values of the hardworking people of Rensselaer County. ” Ken Warner, upstate political director for the Working Families Party, added “We are especially excited to be supporting Tistrya in this election. Washington, Columbia, and Rensselaer Counties are important communities to our upstate family, and adding Tistrya’s strong voice to our delegation in Albany will go a long way to making New York really the Empire State!”

Voters can learn more about Houghtling and her campaign by following her on social media (www.facebook.com/tistryaforassembly, www.instagram.com/tistryaforassembly, www.twitter.com/ForTistrya) or visiting her website (www.tistryaforassembly.com). Houghtling will have campaign headquarters opening soon in Chatham, New Lebanon, and Troy, and will be announcing a kick-off event open to the public in the coming weeks.

Columbia County Democratic Committee (CCDC)

The CCDC stands for community, opportunity, and accountability. We are committed to the advancement of progressive Democratic goals through efficient and effective government:  economic equality and meaningful job development; quality public education; affordable healthcare, childcare, and housing; respect and inclusion for all