Republican Asssemblyman Tony Jordan was back to work Wednesday before he even had time to digest the results of his winning re-election bid.
This will be the third term for the Washington County resident, who ran this year in the reshaped 113th Assembly District against Round Lake village Trustee Carrie Woerner, a Democrat. The more compact district includes Washington and Saratoga counties, with the notable addition of Saratoga Springs.
After the machine votes were tabulated Election Night, Jordan had amassed 26,522 votes to Woerner’s 23,656. The results in Saratoga County were neck and neck, but Jordan netted about 3,000 more votes in Washington County.
“We’re thrilled to have succeeded,” said Jordan, who noted he overcame a larger-than-usual Democratic turnout due to the presidential race and the fact that redistricting lessened his name recognition advantage as the incumbent. He credited his victory to knocking on a lot of doors and the fact that his campaign stuck to a positive message that revolved around his record and future goals.
This was a seat Democrats had hoped to win, with Woerner and the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee sinking a lot of money into this race. This investment resulted in a lot of television time for Woerner.
“I want to thank all the men and women that supported my candidacy,” Woerner said in a news release. “I want to congratulate my opponent Assemblyman Tony Jordan on his victory and extend the offer to be available to assist with any future endeavours that benefit the communities in Saratoga and Washington counties.”
For his part, Jordan was ready to go back to work for his constituents, which included a meeting with three municipalities on Wednesday.
He said the redrawn district won’t shift his priorities, but it will allow him to have more of a direct impact on topics like the New York Racing Association and Saratoga Hospital. These issues already affected his old region, so Jordan said he feels good about championing them going forward.
A major point raised by Woerner during the campaign was that as a Democrat she would be in the majority if elected. Jordan promised that in his next two years he will continue to be a strong and persuasive voice for the region, despite being a member of the minority party.
As for dissecting the results of his victory, Jordan, who had family obligations on Election Day that prevented full-fledged last minute campaigning, added, “I haven’t even sat down to look at the numbers or reflect over it.”