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Race to replace Jordan in the Assembly

Democrat Carrier Woerner and Republican Steve Stallmer are the first to emerge as potential successors to Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, who was elected Washington County District Attorney on Tuesday night.

The two candidates will be vying for the 113th Assembly District, which includes Saratoga and Washington counties. The potential candidates will be chosen by the local party committees and not a primary process, because it is a special election.

This wouldn't be the first attempt at this seat by Woerner, a Round Lake resident, who lost to Jordan last year. This would be the first election bid for Stallmer, a Saratoga Springs resident, who currently works for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson.

Jordan previously said he'll resign his Assembly seat at the end of the year. If that happens, it’s likely a special election for the seat would be held in early spring of 2014.

Woerner hopes the special election is held in time for the constituents of the 113th Assembly District to have a vote in the state's budget, which will likely pass in late March.

Stallmer got started in politics handling constituent services for long-time U.S. Rep. Gerald Solomon, whose district included parts of Saratoga County. "I remember answering phone calls and ... I just thought it was the coolest way to help out your friends, family and neighbors," He remembered.

In his first two years working for Gibson, Stallmer was able to serve his community from the district office in Saratoga Springs. But because of redistricting, Saratoga County was pulled from the district and he hasn't been able to help his hometown. By running for the Assembly, he said it will be a chance to serve his community again.

For Woerner, the decision to run again was based on the same issues that prompted her to run last year. She wants to fix the state's education funding formula, preserve the district's farming communities and foster the high-tech growth, with new companies and burgeoning local companies.

The district stretches from Hatford in Washington County down to the Mechanicville in Saratoga County, including Malta, Saratoga Springs and Wilton.

A full story will be in the Thursday issue of the Daily Gazette.

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