Assembly race heats up

With Assemblyman Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, seeking a shot at the state's 43rd Senate District seat that will be left vacant by Joseph Bruno's, R-Brunswick, departure, a Washington County Republican spent the holiday weekend gathering signatures for his designating petition for McDonald's position.

Fellow Republican Anthony Jordan, from Jackson, Washington County, has already been endorsed by McDonald in the race for the 112th Assembly District. Jordan, a partner in the firm Jordan and Kelly, is a practicing attorney and lives with his wife of 21 years, Wendy, and their four children, Gaby, 12, Tricia, 10, Luke, 8 and Eliza, 7.

He says he will focus his run on property taxes and the rising cost of home heating fuel.

It is just getting to the point where people with fixed incomes are going to have real difficulty, Jordan said.

While he would like to see property taxes capped, he said, "The most important thing is to bring spending under control. It is not enough to just reduce the tax burden."

Jordan also acknowledged that agriculture is a major part of the economy where he is running, and that he wants to provide the best possible environment in the state for farmers.

The challenge for Jordan, although he says he is looking forward to it, is meeting all the people in a large geographic district. Despite the challenge, he said it is a great opportunity to understand a diverse range of issues that afflict his constituents.

When asked if he held an advantage in the majority-Republican district, Jordan said, "The advantage will be how hard I am willing to work in 112th District. That is what people in these areas expect and deserve."

In addition to providing pro-bono legal aid to fire districts and ambulance cores, Jordan is also a youth soccer coach, co-leader of his son's Cub Scouts and president of the Greenwich Lions Club.

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