Don Boyajian (Photo: Don Boyajian Campaign)

Boyajian Exits NY Congressional Race in Favor of 107th Assembly District

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (Post-Star) – Democrat Don Boyajian of Cambridge announced the afternoon of May 15 that he is dropping out of the 21st Congressional District race in favor of seeking a seat in the 107th Assembly District this November.

“After speaking with thousands of residents across upstate New York, I have realized that one of the most important ways to make a real difference in our communities is to effect change right here at home,” said Boyajian in a news release. “Ensuring that every child has access to high-quality public education, addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic, creating stable new jobs and protecting our environment all starts within our state government.”

The municipal and environmental lawyer will take his campaign finances, totaling more than $200,000, to help launch his bid for the Assembly. Boyajian has picked up endorsements along the way, including from 113th Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake.

“I strongly endorse Don Boyajian to represent the 107th District in the New York State Assembly,” said Assemblywoman Woerner. “As an upstate New York native and Washington County resident, Don understands the needs of our local families, business owners, and farmers. As a lawyer experienced in the public and private sectors, Don also has the practical knowledge and skills to effect real change in state government to meet those needs. I am highly confident that Don is the best candidate to represent residents of the 107th Assembly District, and that his experience and priorities will shape our community for the better.”

Washington County Democratic Committee Chair Melissa Shea has also offered backing for Boyajian. “We are so excited and supportive to have Don run for the 107th Assembly District,” Shea said in a news release. “He is a strong candidate and a team player who understands the importance of Democrats working together to provide real advocacy for working people throughout upstate New York.”

Republican Jacob Ashby defeated Democrat Cynthia Doran to replace former Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who is now the Rensselear County executive, in a special election held in April. Ashby will serve through the end of the year.

The 107th Assembly District encompasses the towns of White Creek and Cambridge, Rensselear County, excluding the city of Troy and town of North Greenbush and parts of eastern and northern Columbia County.

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