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Last week, New York State Assembly candidate Carrie Woerner (D - Malta) picked up the endorsement of the influential Women's Campaign Fund (WCF), a non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of pro-choice women holding public office in national, statewide and local positions. Woerner joins a growing list of prominent female candidates endorsed by the WCF for national and statewide positions, including U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (D - GA), Gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley (D - MA) and Wendy Davis (D -TX), as well as California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke (D).

(Carrie Woerner with Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen (D))

The endorsement of the WCF will provide a substantial boost for Woerner's campaign for the 113th Assembly District, which includes a large portion of the Upper Hudson Valley region of Upstate New York, including the City of Saratoga Springs, as well as several suburban communities in eastern Saratoga County, and most of rural Washington County just west of the Vermont state border. The area has long been considered a Republican stronghold, but has been trending more moderate in recent years like most of the rural Northeast. In 2012, President Obama won the 113th District by 7 points, 1 point higher than his margin of victory nationally, while Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) trouced challenger Wendy Long (R) in the district by a margin of 69% to 31%. In 2013, the Democrats fared well in local elections, gaining a super-majority of seats on the City Council in Saratoga Springs, which contains about one-third of the district's population.

The Republican candidate is Steve Stallmer, a long-time political operative who previously served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Chris Gibson (R - Kinderhook) and had earlier been employed as a lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of New York. Stallmer, most notably, as Gibson's Chief of Staff spearheaded a 2011 proposal in collaboration with Saratoga Springs lobbyist Bill Teator to construct a nuclear power plant on the Upper Hudson River in the Town of Easton in Washington County, New York, just a few weeks before the Fukushima disaster. So far on the campaign trail this year, Stallmer has mostly been throwing red meat at the right-wing element of the Republican base, pandering to Tea Party voters on issues such as opposition to the SAFE Act and the common core.

Carrie Worner, meanwhile, appears to be positioning herself as the centrist, consensus candidate, addressing local economic development concerns, including bringing more technology jobs to the region. During Carrie's 2012 campaign she discussed the potential for expanding nano medicine, mobile technology and advanced textile industries across the region and supporting entrepreneurs who seek to develop incubator businesses. Carrie Woerner's vision represents a progressive, forward-thinking approach which is needed to help Saratoga and Washington Counties continue to transition into a modern, 21st Century economy.

You may click here to visit Carrie Woerner's official campaign website, which includes volunteering, donation and contact information for the upcoming campaign.

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  •  Thanks! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Upstate Blue, elwior

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    by winkk on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 12:57:53 AM PDT

  •  Is there a primary? (2+ / 0-)
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    Upstate Blue, elwior

    If so, who are the other Dems?

    While most attention in NY is on the Governor and State Senate, we need to preserve our majority in the State Assembly. Many districts, including this one, were carried by Obama but elected Republicans to the State Assembly. Time for this district to turn blue!

    •  No, there is no primary... (4+ / 0-)
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      devtob, elwior, laternighter, charliehall2

      for this seat, thankfully.

      Because the Democrats have a super-majority in the New York State Assembly, it would be nice to finally have an effective representative in our area who caucuses with Sheldon Silver and the majority, rather than somebody who will go to Albany and be nothing but an irritant and an adversary to Governor Cuomo, and will only be able to introduce token pieces of legislation (mostly aimed at appeasing the Upstate Tea Party base) that have absolutely no chance of passing in an overwhelmingly Democratic chamber.

      I live in Saratoga County where I'm represented in the State Senate by Kathy Marchione, who is probably the most right-wing legislator in the state. Marchione was elected in 2012, defeating two-term moderate State Senator Roy McDonald (R) in the Republican primary, appealing to Tea Party voters over his vote in favor of marriage equality. Since being in the legislature, Marchione has basically done nothing but promote right-wing hot button issues, such as opposition to the SAFE Act and gun control, rather than vouch for anything of substance. Unfortunately, I believe the filing date has passed for a Democratic candidate to run against her. I can't believe the local Democratic committees couldn't find one decent person in Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer or Columbia Counties who wanted to run for the seat. How can they let somebody so extreme run unopposed, especially considering that this was another legislative seat that voted for President Obama by a 7-8 point margin?

      One of main reasons why I want to see Carrie Woerner win is because I finally want to see political balance in this region. I want a mainstream, moderate political climate in our area, rather than every local representative pandering to the Tea Party and the far right.

  •  Also live in Marchione district. (2+ / 0-)
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    Upstate Blue, petral

    It's very disheartening that no one will be running against her this election. She's narrow minded and all around awful. Hard to believe that she represents the voters of this district.  She certainly doesn't represent me or anyone I know.

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