Tim Gordon is going back to the state Assembly for another two years after besting Republican challenger Steve McLaughlin on Election Day.
Gordon, who is the state's only Independence Party assemblyman and Bethlehem's Independence Party chairman, got 34,289 votes to McLaughlin's 22,610 votes. Gordon, who is finishing up his first term in office, campaigned on his record and said there was more work to be done with his Democratic caucus.
I feel the people have given me a mandate for the next two years, Gordon said. "We won by 12,000 votes, I consider to be significant."
On McLaughlin's first run for public office, he netted roughly 40 percent of the vote. McLaughlin said he was proud of his campaign, which he ran on very little money.
His campaign was highly critical of Gordon, citing taxpayer waste and the dysfunctional Democratic Assembly majority that Gordon sided with. But it wasn't enough to sway the majority of voters in a district that covers four counties and was the former seat of Republican Pat Casale, who endorsed McLaughlin.
"Public corruption has run rampant in state government in recent years. Both former Gov. (Eliot) Spitzer and former state Comptroller (Alan) Hevesi had to resign in disgrace because of their actions, along with a slew of Democrat assemblymen. These are Assemblyman Tim Gordon's colleagues, and he has done nothing to stop the habitual corruption from reoccurring," McLaughlin said while campaigning in October.
McLaughlin campaigned to ease the burden of skyrocketing property taxes through a tax cap, eliminating backdoor borrowing, putting an end to unfunded mandates that drive up the cost of local taxes and make health care more accessible and affordable to businesses and residents.
When asked about the 40 percent of the voters who picked McLaughlin, Gordon responded, "My job is to represent everyone in the district so it really doesn't matter."