102nd Assembly: Kraat challenges Tague

102nd Assembly: Kraat challenges Tague

Republican Christopher Tague was first elected as the assemblyman for District 102 in an early-2018 special election, taking over for Republican Peter Lopez, and he retained the seat the following November after beating out Democratic challenger Aidan O’Connor. Now, Tague is defending his seat from a new Democratic challenger, Betsy Kraat, a single mother who worked odd jobs before going back to school in 2017 for a master’s degree, and who says that Tague is a “[President Donald] Trump delegate” who doesn’t represent the values of the district. District 102 includes all of Schoharie and Greene counties, and parts of Albany, Columbia, Ulster, Delaware, and Otsego Counties. In Albany County, it includes the towns of Coeymans, Rensselaerville, and Westerlo. Towns like Middleburgh and Schoharie in Schoharie County border the Hilltowns of Berne and Knox. District 102 , as of Feb. 21, has 31,476 enrolled Republicans, 26,888 enrolled Democrats, 5,862 members of the Independence party, 2,644 Conservatives, and fewer than 1,000 registered voters enrolled in other parties. The district also has 23,703 registered voters who are not enrolled in a party. According to the state’s board of elections , Kratt, as of Wednesday evening, had $10,922 in campaign contributions. Only two of the contributions were over $500: She received $1,000 each from Susan Kraat of New Paltz, and from the Columbia County Democratic Committee. Tague had $71,721 in contributions with 27 over $500, making up $32,090 of his total. The largest is $4,400 from Empire State ABC (Associated Builders & […]

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