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Republican Mary Beth Walsh succeeds Tedisco in Assembly

Republican Mary Beth Walsh succeeds Tedisco in Assembly

Republican Mary Beth Walsh will be Jim Tedisco's successor in the state Assembly.
Republican Mary Beth Walsh succeeds Tedisco in Assembly
Mary Beth Walsh

Republican Mary Beth Walsh will be Jim Tedisco's successor in the state Assembly.

Walsh, an attorney and former member of the Ballston Town Board, was elected over Democrat Michael Godlewski of Glenville to represent the 112th Assembly District.

With all votes in and unofficially counted, according to the state Board of Elections, Walsh held a 57 percent to 34.5 percent lead over Godlewski.

The seat representing southern Saratoga County and the town of Glenville became open this year when Tedisco decided to run for the state Senate seat now held by Sen. Hugh T. Farley.

Both candidates are family law attorneys, but Walsh also brought significant experience in local government to the table.

Walsh spent eight years on the Ballston Town Board and is a former assistant Saratoga County attorney who practiced in Family Court.

Godlewski is a deputy Schenectady County attorney practicing primarily in Family Court, but has never run for elective office before. He said he would be more effective in the Assembly, however, since he would be a member of the Democratic majority.

Godlewski, 33, hoped his relative youth would appeal to voters. He offered a series of detailed proposals for addressing the national heroin epidemic and such issues as county government Medicaid costs.

By enrollment, the district is heavily Republican, with 38,256 registered Republicans and 26,059 registered Democrats.

Walsh, 50, said her priorities would include ethics reform in Albany, trying to promote good-paying local jobs, and repeal of the Common Core educational standards. She also noted that Tedisco set a strong example for how a member of the Republican minority can be effective.

Walsh served on the Ballston Town Board from 2006 to 2013 and is a board member of the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency, which can offer tax incentives to businesses that create jobs in the county.

The 112th Assembly District consists of the Schenectady County town of Glenville and the Saratoga County towns of Providence, Greenfield, Galway, Milton, Charlton, Ballston, Clifton Park and Halfmoon.

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

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