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CBS 6 Speaks with candidates for 107th Assembly District Special Election

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TROY, NY - The race for the open assembly seat in the 107th district sees two Rensselaer County legislators fighting to be the one to fill the seat left vacant by Steve McLaughlin, who’s now the Rensselaer County Executive.

Democrat Cindy Doran says the time is now for a woman to answer the call to serve in this district, and with decades as a teacher at Troy High School and now in a second term in the county legislature, she says she knows the people, and the issues they care about. things like healthcare, sexual harassment in the workplace, and education.

“I have the legislative experience, having served since 2013… Now’s the time to step up,” Doran tells CBS 6.

Republican Jake Ashby is a new addition as a legislator, but as an army veteran, he says he’s no stranger to public service.

“When I got out of the Army 8 years ago, I went back to work as a therapist and started my own business, but I missed that component of public service,” Ashby said.

One hot-button issue where the candidates differ is the recent decision by Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo to train two of his corrections officers to vet incoming inmates to see if they’re wanted by federal immigration officials.

“Concern about the program and the moral implications - it’s most likely going to cost the district because we have not received a cost analysis from the Sheriff,” Doran tells CBS 6.

Ashby supports the plan.

“It allows Rensselaer County Sheriffs to question inmates as to their immigration status. I think that’s a good thing,” said Ashby.

Environmental issues in the district is where the candidates see common ground, especially with issues like contaminated water in Hoosick Falls.

The special election for the 107th district is this Tuesday, April 24th.

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