continued “For most jobs, we don’t get that paid for,” she said.
The main difference between the two candidates at the forum was where they stand in the party itself. Arias Miranda identified herself as an “independent Democrat,” but Dolan said he is “more partisan” and considers himself aligned with the party. He said no matter who wins the primary, he will rally for a Democrat to secure the seat.
Arias Miranda has publicly claimed Tkaczyk took in more than $32,000 in contributions from the “one percent in New York City.” Tkaczyk previously said her background with statewide coalitions on affordable housing spurred the out of district donations.
The marginal turnout led former Guilderland Town Board member and Republican Mark Grimm to offer to stand in as moderator after about 30 minutes of the candidates talking with attendees.
Whoever secures the Democratic nomination will face Republican George Amedore. The new senate district includes nearly all of Amedore’s assembly district.