Two candidates relatively unknown on the state scale are vying for the right to represent the 112th Assembly District in a contest that has largely revolved around the issues of property taxes and upstate economic development.
The 112th covers all of Washington County along with parts of Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. In Saratoga, the towns of Malta, Stillwater and Saratoga fall within its bounds. There are nearly 90,000 registered voters, with almost twice as many registered Republicans as Democrats, roughly 39,000 to 22,000.
Republican nominee Tony Jordan, who will also run on the Conservative Party line, resides in the Town of Jackson with his wife and four children.
He has not held elected office before, but points to his experience as an assistant district attorney in Washington County and, most recently, as a small town lawyer, as a window into the trials and tribulations of small businesses in the district.
He is rolling out a job creation plan that he says would go a long way toward making New York an attractive place to start and run a business. At the heart are measures to reduce taxes and cut red tape. Jordan said he feels that the state's bureaucracy is a big reason that workers and businesses are leaving the state.
We need to work to make state agencies a friend to businesses, not an adversary, he said.
Investment in training and education for high-tech jobs that will be coming to the state and region is paramount, according to Jordan. He also said that locals should be given the first stab at jobs coming to AMD's future manufacturing facility in Malta.
Like many candidates in many races, Jordan is targeting rising property taxes in his campaign. He supports both a tax cap and a circuit breaker approach, and doesn't feel that enacting both measures would be overkill.