Incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey appears to have secured the Republican Party line in the race for New York's new 115th Assembly District, but she still faces two opponents in the general election.
As of this morning, Duprey held a 1,404-916-596 lead over Plattsburgh educator Karen Bisso and Cadyville businessman David Kimmel, respectively, according to unofficial results posted on board of elections websites in Franklin, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties. If Thursday's Republican primary results hold, Duprey will appear on the Republican and Independence party lines on ballots in the general election Nov. 6, while Bisso will remain in the race on the Conservative Party line. Plattsburgh City Councilman Tim Carpenter is running on the Democratic line.
"I'm a little disappointed in the margin of victory," Duprey told the Enterprise. "There was not a big turnout for the amount of media coverage there was. ... For the last two or three weeks it seemed like I've had more people say to me I was a shoe-in, and I kept saying, 'Only if they go to vote.'
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey laughs at a meeting Monday at the Big Tupper Ski Area lodge.
(Photo — Jim Lanthier)
"I'm pleased. I'm absolutely delighted. I certainly will thank from the bottom of my heart every person who went out and voted for anybody because I think that's important."
Bisso said in an emailed statement that she's been touched by the stories of the people she's met during her campaign.
"With such a low voter turnout of only about 10% district wide, and after the 3rd Primary this year, I think I can safely say that the turnout in
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November will truly be the voice of the people," she said. "There are currently 540 absentee ballots out and we will wait to see how that turns out. However, when Dave Kimmel jumped in the race, he split the anti-Janet vote. When you add my totals and his, people clearly want someone other than their current Assemblywoman. I am hoping, however, to actually get the chance to debate my opponents this time."
Kimmel said he's proud of the way he ran his campaign. He said he won't endorse any of the remaining candidates.
Bisso said the race is far from over.
"I look forward to the next 54 days where I will work to earn the support of the remainder of the residents across the 115th," she said.
Duprey said she hasn't started campaigning full-time yet because she's been focused on her job as a lawmaker. Bisso and Carpenter will also need to juggle their jobs with campaigning: Bisso is a special education teacher with the Plattsburgh City School District, and Carpenter is a corrections officer at the Franklin prison in Malone, as well as a member of the Plattsburgh City Council.
The race was closest in Clinton County, where the three candidates live. Bisso beat Duprey in St. Lawrence County 61-43 - Kimmel got just 11 votes - and Duprey ran away with the race in Franklin County.
In the town of Piercefield, Timothy Fuller beat Patrick G. Hutchins 32-7 in the race for the Republican line for highway superintendent.
Jessie McDonald secured the Republican line in the race for Jay town tax collector with a 53-19 win over Tina Fenton.
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