Delhi woman to appear on primary ballot for Assembly

May 2—A Delhi woman will be on the Democratic Party primary election ballot for a state Assembly seat.

Janet Tweed, a Delhi village trustee and physical therapist, has qualified to appear on the ballot for Assembly District 102, which encompasses all of Schoharie and Greene counties, and parts of Delaware, Albany, and Otsego counties, according to a media release from her campaign. Tweed was required by state law to collect 500 signatures from registered Democrats in the district. She submitted more than 700 signatures, the release said.

"I am honored by the support I have received from my community and am encouraged to continue sharing our message of collaboration and unity throughout the district and in Albany," Tweed said.

Two candidates have qualified for the Democratic ballot line — Tweed and Mary Finneran, an environmental activist from Schoharie County. The primary election to determine the Democratic nominee is June 25. The winner will face incumbent Republican Chris Tague in November.

Tweed has been endorsed by the Delaware County Democratic Committee, the Delhi Democratic Committee, the Middlefield Democratic Committee and Eleanor's Legacy, a nonprofit political organization that supports pro-choice women running for office in New York, the release said.

Tweed has also announced that she has received enough small-dollar donations from residents in the district to qualify for the New York State Public Campaign Finance Program. The program, which launched in November of 2022, is designed to enable middle- and working-class people to compete in elections, by offering matching public funds based on small donations ($5 to $250) from citizens in their district. Tweed has raised more than $7,000 from 116 donors. Those donations unlock more than $48,000 in matching state funds.

"New York's campaign finance program frees candidates like me to spend my time listening to voters' concerns, rather than calling and asking for donations from a few wealthier individuals," Tweed said. "This program helps limit the role big money plays in our politics."

Tweed's campaign platform "prioritizes making healthcare more affordable and accessible, building and maintaining critical infrastructure, and protecting agriculture and the environment," the release said.