ITHACA, N.Y. —City of Ithaca Alderperson Seph Murtagh has landed the support of longtime Chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee Irene Stein, his campaign announced Monday.

Stein, the former chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee and the former chair of the New York State Democratic Rural Conference announced Monday that she is endorsing Murtagh for New York State Assembly District 125.

“This seat, which has been held so capably by Barbara Lifton for the past 18 years, is critical to our region. The decision of who we elect is especially important right now as we grapple with the health and economic impacts of this dreadful pandemic. As past chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee for many years, I have watched Seph’s leadership,” said Stein. “He has a record of outstanding service on the Ithaca Common Council, and, in his role as Communications Coordinator for Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, he has built relationships with community leaders across the 125th District. Those dual experiences set him apart in this race, and he has my wholehearted endorsement for New York State Assembly.”

Murtagh has also picked up the endorsements of City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, the Ithaca chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

“I am very honored to have this endorsement,” said Seph Murtagh. “Irene has worked selflessly and tirelessly to elect Democrats and further the cause of the Democratic Party throughout her entire career, both in Tompkins County and throughout upstate New York through her work with the New York State Democratic Rural Conference. She’s an incredible asset to our community, and I’m proud to have her support.”

June’s crowded primary field will also include former Legislative Counsel to Barbara Lifton, Jordan Lesser, Cortland’s Lisa Hoeschele, Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles, Dryden Town Supervisor Jason Leifer, Cortland County Legislator Beau Harbin, and local attorney Sujata Gibson, who have all met the petition threshold to appear on the primary ballot.

The primary, which all voters will be able to request an absentee ballot for due to COVID-19, will be held on June 23 and early voting beginning June 13th.