Assemblyman plans runs for Washington County district attorney

Jordan to challenge for GOP candidacy

April 3, 2013
Updated 9:19 p.m.
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Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson.
Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson.

— Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, could be leaving his current job if he makes a successful run for district attorney of Washington County this fall.

“It’s something that has always been in the back of my mind,” he said on Wednesday, stating that in recent years law enforcement officials and others have asked him to consider a run.

The current district attorney is Kevin C. Kortright, a Republican. Kortright and the Washington County Republican Committee Chairman John Patterson did not return phone calls for this story.

Jordan said he would run for office regardless of what Kortright might do, saying he would compete in a Republican primary if he had to.

Jordan said he has received complaints from law enforcement about poor communication from the district attorney’s office and other problems with victims’ services as reasons why he is running.

His hesitation in making this decision stemmed from a feeling of responsibility for his Assembly constituents, he said. Elected in 2008 as the successor to Roy McDonald, he represented the 112th Assembly District until this year, when redistricting gave him the 113th District, which includes Saratoga Springs.

He won election to the 113th by about 3,000 votes over Round Lake Democrat Carrie Woerner last November, in what was his closest election contest for the Assembly.

“When it came right down to it … this is a chance to do something in my county,” Jordan said. “To try to make a very real difference in the county where I live in, work and raise my family”

Jordan received his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He has worked as an assistant district attorney and is an active partner at Jordan & Kelly Law, LLC in Greenwich.

There was no Democratic challenger for district attorney 2009. In that election, Robert Winn was the Republican candidate and Kortright won election running on the Conservative and Independence Party lines.

Jordan received three write-in votes in that race, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.

Jordan will resign his Assembly seat at the end of the year if he is elected district attorney, he said. If that happens, it’s likely a special election for the seat would be held in early spring 2014.

Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner said it was too early to speculate on a possible candidate for this heavily Republican district, but was optimistic about his party’s chances.

“I think we were pretty close last year,” Kerner said.

Earlier this year Jordan got a promotion in his conference and has been leading a lot of the floor actions for the Assembly Republicans.

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