Schoharie County Clerk Peter Lopez says he’ll seek the Republican, Conservative and Independence party nominations to run for state Assembly in the 127th District.
Lopez hopes to fill the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Daniel Hooker, R-Saugerties.
Hooker, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, announced last month he would not seek re-election because of his military obligations.
Hunter attorney Matthew Tully and Greene County Legislator Michael Camadine, R-Cairo, also have expressed interest in the Assembly seats.
“The burdens of excessive taxation and government regulation are crushing the life of our hard-working businesses and families,” Lopez said in a prepared statement. “Our state cannot stand still and let this happen. We must promote local investment. We must provide our people with the skills and resources necessary to grow our economies.”
Lopez, who lives in the village of Schoharie, has been Schoharie County clerk since January 2004. Before that, he was an executive assistant to state Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, from November 2002 to November 2003.
Lopez also worked as the district office director for John Faso, R-Kinderhook, when Faso was the Assembly’s minority leader.
In addition, Lopez is a former village trustee, town councilman and member of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors.
Lopez said his priorities are promoting economic opportunity and personal empowerment, and strengthening individuals and their communities. He said he would use his experience working with people throughout the region to advocate for the area in Albany.
“We cannot afford to see our rural towns and villages be overshadowed by downstate, urban interests,” Lopez said.
The 127th Assembly comprises the Ulster County town of Saugerties; parts of Greene, Columbia, Delaware, Otsego and Chenango counties; and all of Schoharie County.