SCHENECTADY -- Thearse McCalmon of Schenectady has been endorsed by the Working Families Party in her bid to unseat incumbent state Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, in this fall's 49th state Senate District election.
McCalmon, who in 2019 came close to unseating Schenectady Mayor Gary R. McCarthy in a Democratic primary, announced last week that she was a Democratic candidate for the seat, which covers a district from Schenectady into the central Adirondacks.
"My neighbors throughout the 49th are sick and tired of politicians in both parties who 'go along to get along,'" McCalmon said in accepting the endorsement. A nomination from WFP will guarantee she'll be on the November ballot even if Democrats don't nominate her. "Our neighbors need healthcare, housing, and jobs right now, and our representatives have made clear they are just not listening," she said.
McCalmon accused Tedisco of not sticking up for immigrants or communities of color, while Tedisco -- who has been outspokenly opposed to the state's Green Light Law on driver's licenses and the new criminal justice reform law -- has said he is representing the views he hears from constituents.
Tedisco, of Glenville, is a 38-year state legislator who is expected to have the Republican, Conservative and Independence ballot lines in November.