Aileen Gunther Won’t Seek Re-election

MONTICELLO– Long-time Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh) announced on Friday that she will not seek reelection this November. Gunther was first elected in 2003 to the Assembly in a special election to fill the vacancy left when her husband and former Assemblyman, Jacob Gunther, passed away. Gunther represents the 100th Assembly District which includes most of Sullivan County as well as Middletown and the Town of Wallkill in Orange County.

In a statement, Gunther thanked her constituents and said that serving in the state legislature for the past twenty years has been an honor.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the people of this district for placing their trust in me all these years. My greatest goals in office have been to ensure economic opportunity for everyone I represent, as well as protect the beautiful place in which we live for generations to come,” she said.

Gunther said some of her greatest accomplishments in office included passing the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act and securing billions of dollars for mental health services. Gunther is a registered nurse and serves as the chairwoman of the Assembly’s Mental Health Committee.

“I’m the daughter of a public school teacher and a police officer, so, while this chapter of my life will close at the end of this year, I will be sure to help serve our community in other ways. I raised my children in Sullivan County; it’s my home. I will do everything I can to ensure our community remains such a great place to live,” she concluded.

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