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Assembly race heats up

He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and received his bachelor's degree in business and finance from the University of Notre Dame.

Jordan submitted his petition with more than 2,000 signatures Tuesday, July 9, after deciding to run Friday, June 27, when McDonald said he would seek to fill the vacant seat left by Bruno.

Jordan said several people went out over the long holiday weekend to seek signatures for his petition, which had to be filed with the state Board of Elections by Thursday, July 10.

"We have good grassroots broad based support," Jordan said of his campaign.

He plans to roll out a Web site in the near future and officially announce his candidacy next week, although a specific date has not been set.

"Tony Jordan will represent Saratoga County very well in the State Assembly. His private sector experience coupled with his community involvement and family background in farming is exactly what we need in Albany," said Saratoga County Republican Chairman John "Jasper" Nolan. "I know he will do a great job carrying on the work of Roy McDonald in the Assembly."

"I think Tony will be a great partner," said Assemblyman McDonald, who believes Jordan can easily win the Republican district that covers Washington County and parts of Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties, including Saratoga Springs and Malta. There are 39,373 registered Republicans in the district, versus 21,712 Democrats.

Challenging Jordan will be Ian McGaughey, a business owner who is serving his second term on the Wilton Town Board. The demographics of the 112th don't worry him, he says.

"I have a history of winning underdog elections," he said, referencing his wins in Wilton, where Republicans also outnumber Democrats. He also mentioned U.S. Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat who was elected to represent New York's 20th Congressional District in 2006.

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