The race to fill retiring Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione’s seat in the 43rd District includes her local government director facing off against a deputy director of policy for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Republican Halfmoon Town Board member Daphne Jordan is running against Democrat Aaron Gladd of Brunswick.
Jordan has served as legislative director and local government committee director for Marchione.
Jordan has also served as a member of the town’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. She has been the treasurer of the Clifton-Park Halfmoon Library and managed a $3 million operating budget and a $15 million capital project for the new library, according to her biography on the town website.
Jordan studied at Dickinson School of Law, according to her Facebook page. Her candidate Facebook page did not list specific issues at this point.
Gladd is a U.S. Army veteran. On his campaign website, Gladd says his top priorities are holding down taxes for small businesses and investing in infrastructure to attract local jobs; cracking down on corruption; and expanding insurance coverage and access to health care services in rural communities. Other priorities include increasing funding for schools, protecting the environment and combating the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Marchione, R-Halfmoon, is not seeking re-election after three terms. The district covers all of Columbia County and portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties.
113th Assembly District
In the 113th Assembly District, incumbent Democrat Carrie Woerner of Round Lake is being challenged by Republican Morgan Zegers.
Zegers, who lives in Ballston Spa, declared her candidacy in February 2017. She said in a telephone interview on Friday that her main platform is: “economic development, affordability and ethical leadership.”
Zegers said she is concerned that people are moving out of New York.
“We’ve lost over a million people since Governor Cuomo took office,” she said.
She would like to foster economic development by removing burdensome regulations and lowering taxes.
Zegers cited corruption as another major problem as seen in two high-profile trials of former Sen. Majority Dean Skelos who is accused of arranging a no-show job for his son Adam by threatening not to pass legislation favorable to businesses and the convictions in a bid-rigging scheme involving the Buffalo Billions project.
Zegers said if elected, she would post explanations of all her votes on Facebook and wants the budget process to be more transparent.
Woerner said she wants to seek another term to continue to be a strong voice for rural communities.
Woerner said when people talk about it being too expensive to do business in New York, they are not incorrect, but people are just focusing on taxes.
“The taxes are probably the lowest they’ve been in decades,” she said.
The issue is mandates. She worked to pass a bill to lower the liability insurance for farmers to make it easier for them to offer agritourism like apple picking.
Another piece of legislation was providing a real property tax abatement to hop yards.
In a statement released on June 8 when she formally announced her re-election campaign, Woerner said she obtained more than $7.5 million in grants for the communities during her four years in office. Among her other issues are strengthening public schools, advocating for responsible spending and protecting the traditions of Washington County.
Woerner said she focuses on common-sense solutions.
“Identify problems and solving them. That’s what I’m about,” she said.