Maybe this time it won’t take a new calendar year to decide this race. Then again, the rematch promises to be close — if not 18-vote close.
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, kicked off her re-election campaign Saturday with appearances in Montgomery County, Albany County and Kingston.
She will face former state Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, marking the second time the two have squared off for the 46th State Senate seat. The two ran against each other in 2012, when Tkaczyk defeated Amedore by 18 votes in an election not finally determined until 2013.
Tkaczyk opened her re-election campaign Saturday with stops in Fort Plain, Guilderland and Kingston, appearing with local elected officials.
The incumbent listed as her first-term accomplishments “authoring major legislation that will help property taxpayers, small businesses and family-owned farms.”
Tkaczyk acknowledged that she will probably again be in a bruising election. Amedore opened his campaign in April stating his opponent does not represent the “interests and values” of her constituents. Tkaczyk countered that her opponent and supporters have been “spreading lies and half-truths” about her record.
The district represents portions of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties, and all of Greene and Montgomery counties.
Both Amedore and Tkaczyk declared themselves winners in the 2012 race. A mid-level state appeals court ruled for counting 99 previously invalidated ballots. The recount pushed Tkaczyk ahead of Amedore’s 35-vote lead and she was ruled to be the winner.