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Yepsen announces Senate run

After coming up 32 signatures short in last year's Senate run, Saratoga Supervisor Joanne Yepsen is again taking a stab at snagging now-Sen. Roy McDonald's (R-Saratoga) seat in the 43rd District.

At a conference on Thursday, April 29, Yepsen announced her bid for candidacy, surrounded by family, friends and some recognizable local faces like Commissioner of Accounts John Franck, Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Larry Bulman, Rensselaer County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Wade and other Democratic officials from past and present.

\To say our New York State is broken is an understatement. It's fractured to the point that our regional economy is threatened by partisan gridlock and inability of our state's elected officials to work together on behalf of our best interests, said Yepsen. "Many times over the past year there have been many opportunities for one person to stand up for the people and get the senate back to work, yet no one spoke up... the time is now for someone to stand up for us."

Yepsen said a fiscally conservative and bipartisan approach to policy making is needed to effectively run the state. She emphasized smart spending to rein in "out of control" spending of tax dollars and said it is "unacceptable" that taxes continue to rise while other benefits are reduced.

She said she will help get New Yorkers back to work by focusing on creating real opportunities for residents by supporting businesses of all sizes, with an emphasis on the small businesses that "support" the community.

She closed by saying representatives needed to get back to what it means to be a public servant, which is to "serve the public and not ourselves."

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