A Democrat has emerged as a
possible candidate for the 43rd Senate District, a race that’s been
dominated by the Republican primary between Sen. Roy McDonald and Saratoga
County Clerk Kathy Marchione.
Robin Andrews, the supervisor in
the Columbia County town of Claverack, is set to interview in front of the
Rensselaer County Democratic Committee tonight and will likely get the nod.
“I’m impressed with Robin’s
credentials and her ability to win,” said Rensselaer County Democratic Party
Chairman Tom Wade. “She certainly appears to have the drive necessary to
conduct a competitive campaign.”
Andrews is in her third year as
supervisor of Claverack and, according to her website, she is a budget and
planning consultant for magazines including ESPN, Wall Street Journal and Yankee.
The 43rd District has been
a Republican stronghold and while the enrollment still gives the GOP an advantage,
the dynamic has changed a bit with the new lines. The 43rd now
includes all of Columbia County, where Democrats now outnumber Republicans
12,825 to 12,325 as of April 1, most of Rensselaer County, minus most of the
City of Troy and the City of Rensselaer, a chunk of Saratoga County and two
towns in Washington County.
But, more noteworthy than
enrollment this year is if McDonald and Marchione stay on the ballot. They are
already rumbling for the Republican line with each camp touting different
committee endorsements and Marchione is likely to get the Conservative Party
endorsement – thanks to McDonald’s vote for same sex marriage last year – and the
Independence Party has pledged to support McDonald. A three-way race with two
Republicans on the ballot obviously helps out the Democrat.
More information as it becomes available.
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