Republican committee chairmen in three counties said Friday they support a Washington County lawyer to fill the 112th Assembly District seat currently held by Roy J. McDonald, R-Saratoga.
McDonald plans to announce next week that he is a candidate for state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno’s seat. Bruno announced this week he won’t seek re-election after more than 30 years in the Senate and he endorsed McDonald as his successor.
Anthony “Tony” Jordan, 43, a Republican and resident of the Washington County town of Jackson, joins Ian McGaughey, 38, a Democrat from Wilton, in seeking McDonald’s seat.
The predominantly Republican 112th District includes all of Washington County, five Saratoga County towns (Wilton, Northumberland, Malta, Saratoga and Stillwater), the city of Mechanicville, and six rural Rensselaer County towns.
“Tony Jordan will represent Saratoga County very well in the state Assembly,” said Saratoga County GOP chairman John “Jasper” Nolan. “His private sector experience coupled with his community involvement and family background in farming is exactly what we need in Albany.”
“I know he will do a great job carrying on the work of Roy McDonald in the Assembly,” Nolan said.
Washington County GOP chairman Michael Bittel and Rensselaer County Republican Chairman Jack Casey also endorsed Jordan on Friday.
Jordan said, in a statement, that he is running for the state Assembly to “reduce property taxes, ease the pain at the gas pump, lower the cost of home heating oil and fight for access to affordable health care.”
McGaughey, who is the only Democrat on the Wilton Town Board, said Friday he thinks “it’s going to be a good race” between himself and Jordan.
McGaughey announced his candidacy about two months ago, saying that opposing the popular McDonald in a generally Republican district would be a real challenge for him.
“I’m just focused on getting out, meeting the voters and discussing the issues,” McGaughey said. He said he will be running on three lines on November’s election ballot — Democrat, Independence Party and Working Families Party.
McGaughey has a bachelor's degree in communications from American University in Washington, D.C. He owns Cerasun Video Productions in Clifton Park, a company that produces a variety of video products, including corporate videos. He is single. He was first elected to the Wilton Town Board in 2001 and was re-elected to the board in 2005.
“The most important part of public service is putting people first, not politics,” McGaughey said. “That's been forgotten in Albany.”
Jordan is a partner in the law firm of Jordan & Kelly LLC and has practiced municipal, commercial, and real estate law for 13 years. He is married to Wendy (Skellie) Jordan, whose family operates a dairy farm in Washington County. The Jordans have four young children.
State Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, R-Schenectady/Saratoga, and state Senator Betty Little, R-Glens Falls, both endorsed Jordan on Friday.
“Tony Jordan knows that there’s no issue of greater importance than property tax relief,” Little said in a statement about Jordan’s candidacy.
Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
He is active as a community volunteer with the Greenwich Lions Club, Cornell University FarmNet Program, the Cub Scouts, youth soccer, and does pro bono legal work for several volunteer fire companies and rescue squads, according to a statement from the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.