YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Democrat Brian Higbie, a Yorktown resident, is running for the 94th Assembly District.
Unlike on the Republican side, Higbie does not anticipate any challenge from within his own party. No Democratic candidate had filed to run for the 94th District prior to Higbie, who himself filed only weeks before the mid-July deadline.
Higbie, a political newcomer, became involved with the Yorktown Democratic Committee only recently, after speaking out on an affordable housing issue at a Yorktown Town Board meeting. After offering to campaign for Democratic candidates, he discovered that his party did not have an Assembly candidate.
"I had this image that I was going to walk into the voting booth in November and there would be no choice," Higbie said. "It just didn't sit well with me. I sent an email back saying, 'Is it too late? I'm interested.'"
Higbie is an attorney with an office in Yonkers. He has been a lawyer for 12 years and a general practitioner since 2009, he said. He graduated from Pace University School of Law, where he completed the environmental law program.
He and his wife moved to Yorktown in January 2015. Prior to that, they lived in Yonkers.
Getting into the race late, Higbie has catching up to do in terms of collecting signatures. He said he is enjoying the process of walking door-to-door, meeting the voters and discussing issues.
Higbie said his campaign will largely focus on economic issues.
"It's about tax reduction, particularly property taxes on working- and middle-class families," he said. "It's creating jobs and strengthening the economy."
The 94th Assembly District is comprised of Carmel, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Somers, Southeast and Yorktown. The seat is currently held by Assemblyman Steve Katz/
Three candidates are campaigning for the Republican nomination: Kevin Byrne, Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough and Somers Councilman Bill Faulkner.