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Tedisco, Walsh win primaries in a night with few surprises

Tedisco, Walsh win primaries in a night with few surprises

Jim Tedisco cruised to victory on Tuesday night in the Republican primary for the 49th Senate Distri
Tedisco, Walsh win primaries in a night with few surprises
Opponents in the primary for the 49th Senate District, James Tedisco and Christian Klueg (pictured with son Zeke), vote on primary day, Tuesday September 13, 2016.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Jim Tedisco cruised to victory on Tuesday night in the Republican primary for the 49th Senate District, and party-favored candidates won Republican primaries for two Assembly seats.

Tedisco, who has served in the state assembly for the last 33 years, beat out challenger Christian Klueg of Northville by a 71 percent to 27 percent margin with about two-thirds of the vote counted, according to the state Board of Elections at 11:15 p.m. Klueg conceded the race.

“The record of achievement always trumps the rhetoric of achievement,” Tedisco told a small group of supporters at his results party in Clifton Park.

Tedisco was joined by State Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, whom he is seeking to replace, and about a dozen other volunteers and supporters. Farley is retiring after a 40-year Senate career, and had endorsed Tedisco almost immediately after his retirement announcement.

Tedisco, of Glenville, touted his record of standing up for issues, saying he’d be a voice for people in the 49th Senate District. The district stretches from Schenectady and Saratoga counties across the southern Adirondacks to Herkimer County.

Klueg won in his home county, Fulton, but Tedisco overwhelmed him with majorities from Saratoga and Schenectady counties, according to final unofficial results.

Tedisco, 66, will now face Democrat Chad Putman, the Schenectady deputy city clerk.

Klueg, a 35-year-old Northville resident, could not immediately be reached for comment, but tweeted just before 11 p.m. that he had conceded to Tedisco.

“I’m so humbled by all the support you have given me – THANK YOU!” he wrote.

In the race to replace Tedisco in the 112th Assembly District, former Ballston Town Board member Mary Beth Walsh defeated small business owner Jim Fischer.

Both are Ballston residents who ran on platforms calling for ethics reform in Albany, but Walsh had the backing of Tedisco and major Republican leaders in both Saratoga and Schenectady counties. She won in both counties, by a margin of 3,276 votes to 2,701 for Fischer.

The 112th Assembly District includes southern and western Saratoga County and the Schenectady County town of Glenville. Given the district's Republican-leaning history, Walsh is now the presumptive favorite to win in November against Democrat Michael Godlewski, a Schenectady County assistant attorney.

“Tonight we can celebrate and tomorrow we get back so we can run for November,” Walsh said at the Tedisco victory party.

In the 113th Assembly District race, Chris Boyark of Mechanicville defeated Gerard Moser of Malta, carrying both Saratoga and Washington County portions of the district.

Boyark, who owns a bar in Malta and manages a jewelry store, had the backing of party leaders. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Carrie Woerner of Round Lake, who is running for her second two-year term.

“Our positive campaign for upstate priorities has resonated throughout the district and tonight's victory is just the beginning!" Boyark said on Twitter.

In Montgomery County, meanwhile, former district attorney and county court judge Howard Aison won the right to run for district attorney again.

In a Democratic primary race to replace the retiring James Conboy, Aison had 469 votes to 372 for assistant district attorney Kelli P. McCoski, a 55.7 percent to 44 percent margin.

Reach Gazette reporter Brett Samuels at 395-3113, or @Brett_Samuels27 on Twitter.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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