A Democrat from Clinton County has announced his candidacy for New York's new 115th Assembly District.
Plattsburgh City Councilman Tim Carpenter told the Enterprise on Friday he will run for the seat currently held by Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, R-Peru. Duprey already has two Republican challengers: Plattsburgh educator Karen Bisso and Cadyville businessman David Kimmel.
Carpenter, 52, has represented Ward 1, a legislative district that covers the southern part of the city of Plattsburgh, since 2008. He's worked at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone since 1986.
"I got involved because I am involved in the city, and I really enjoy what I do there," Carpenter said. "I've been quite successful, and I've gotten a lot of things accomplished. Now I want to go up a level where I can help all the people I know, not just those that live in the city."
Carpenter already has a campaign manager: Mike Kelly, a former Democratic city councilor from Ward 2. He said he also has a lot of people who are anxious to help him with his campaign.
Carpenter said he expects the race for the Assembly seat to be a fierce one.
"(Janet) is the incumbent and is fairly well liked," he said. "But a lot of people have told me they're unhappy with some things she's done. Everyone I've spoken with so far is happy I'm doing this.
"I'm in it to win it," Carpenter added. "I don't think it's going to be easy."
Duprey, Bisso and Kimmel all welcomed Carpenter's candidacy.
"As stated earlier in the campaign, the voters win anytime there is choice," Bisso told the Enterprise.
"This season, the voters of the 115th are presented with many options for their state Assemblyman," she added. "This will give the voters the opportunity to see which candidate is going to work the hardest to earn their vote. Stiff competition not only forces the candidate to step up their 'A' game while campaigning, it also provides for a higher level of accountability once elected. As I have said previously, 'Game on.'"
Duprey said she's met Carpenter "a couple of times." She said he appears to be a gentleman and expects him to run a campaign based on the issues.
"I'm going to work hard," Duprey said. "I'm going to campaign hard between now and November. I'm proud of my record."
Kimmel said he and Carpenter are friends, and like Duprey, he believes the councilman will run a clean campaign.
"He's a good guy," Kimmel said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Duprey currently represents the 114th Assembly District, which shed the town of St. Armand after legislative redistricting earlier this year, picked up four towns in St. Lawrence County and was renamed the 115th.
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