RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Airmont planning official Thomas Gulla is challenging incumbent Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee in next week’s Democratic primaries, according to a report by lohud.com
Gulla, a 58-year-old landscaper and former high school teacher, is aiming to unseat the five-term assemblywoman in the 97th District, claiming that she has failed to solve problems faced by the troubled East Ramapo school district, lohud.com reported.
Jaffee, 72, a former Rockland County legislator and Suffern village trustee, told lohud.com that she has battled for both the funding of, and changes in the monitoring of, schools in East Ramapo.
Gulla is also running against Jaffee as a write-in candidate on the Working Families Line, lohud.com reported.
Running on the Republican line for the Assembly spot in the November elections is Joe Chabot, 25, of Tappan.
The 97th District includes: Airmont, Suffern, Orangetown, Spring Valley, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, parts of Montebello, New Square and parts of unincorporated Ramapo, including Monsey.
The state and local primaries are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13.
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