Republican Anthony Jordan defeated Democrat Ian McGaughey for the open seat in the 112th Assembly District on Tuesday with a strong showing in his home county.
Unofficial results show Jordan leading McGaughey by at least 7,000 votes, with 5,000 of those votes cast for Jordan in Washington County. With most districts reporting Jordan led McGaughey 28,586 to 21,410.
“It’s a great relief,” Jordan said. “An awful lot of people poured their hearts and souls into this campaign as volunteers.”
Both candidates spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television and radio advertising, an unprecedented amount in the district currently represented by Assemblyman Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, who ran for the state Senate.
Both campaigned hard in the generally suburban and rural district. Their campaigns were helped with generous infusions of money from the Assembly Republican Campaign Committee and the Democrat Assembly Campaign Committee.
Jordan, speaking from the Greenwich VFW Post in Washington County, said he really appreciated the help Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, provided him.
McGaughey knew he had to run an uphill campaign in the predominantly Republican Assembly district. “I am proud of the race I ran,” McGaughey said Tuesday night. “I enjoyed it.”
“I congratulate Tony,” McGaughey said.
He said he plans to get married Nov. 12 and go on a cruise.
Jordan, 44, is a lawyer from the Washington County town of Jackson and a partner in the firm of Jordan & Kelly LLC in Greenwich. He is married to Wendy Jordan. They have four young children ages 7 to 12.
McGaughey, 38, is a businessman from Wilton with a small video production company in Clifton Park. He is a member of the Wilton Town Board.
Jordan and McGaughey both said the upstate economy and escalating property taxes are key issues in the campaign. But each candidate had his own way of addressing the problems.
Jordan has a three-point plan to relieve the economic squeeze on families and businesses: property taxes need to be capped, a circuit breaker introduced and wasteful spending in Albany cut drastically.
The 112th Assembly District includes all of Washington County, five Saratoga County towns (Wilton, Malta, Saratoga, Northumberland and Stillwater) and the city of Mechanicville as well as six rural Rensselaer County towns.
Unofficial returns show Jordan defeating McGaughey in all three counties.
Campaign workers for Jordan expected he would spend as much as $600,000 on television and radio advertising before the campaign ended. McGaughey’s campaign said he would spend $350,000 on television and radio ads. But Jordan’s people maintain McGaughey spent much more than this, possibly close to $600,000.
This level of campaign spending was unheard of during previous campaigns in the 112th District.
When McGaughey ran radio advertising during the campaign saying that he “didn’t just cut taxes, he eliminated them” as a member of the Wilton Town Board, Jordan asked that McGaughey remove the ads from the airwaves because Jordan maintained the ads’ claims were not true. He said that the Wilton Town Board first eliminated town general fund and highway fund taxes back in the early 1980s and there have been no town-level taxes in Wilton since that time.
McGaughey disagreed, saying that when each Town Board votes to adopt a town budget for the coming year it votes to eliminate taxes.
The Fair Campaign Practices for the Capital Region Inc. organization held a hearing and determined that McGaughey’s radio ads were misleading and were, indeed, an unfair campaign practice.
113th Assembly District
State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, was re-elected to her fourth, two-year term running unopposed.
Sayward’s district includes the Saratoga County towns of Corinth, Day, Hadley, Edinburg and Providence as well as all of Warren and Hamilton counties and all of Essex County except St. Armand. Sayward serves as the secretary of the Assembly’s minority conference and as the ranking minority member of the environmental conservation committee.