'Voters Have Spoken,' Jenne Says

'Voters Have Spoken,' Jenne Says

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Decrying what she calls "character assassination and a wanton disregard for the truth," Assemblywoman Addie Jenne has conceded to Republican challenger Mark Walczyk.

"The voters have spoken, and I respect their decision," the five-term Democrat said in a statement emailed to news media.

Walczyk took 55 percent of the vote to Jenne's 45 percent in the race to represent the so-called River District in Albany.

"I hope this campaign will be an anomaly and not the new norm," her statement said.

"Our future campaigns need to focus on the many issues challenging our region's future, not on character assassination and a wanton disregard for the truth," she said.

Walczyk's campaign focused on a link between Jenne and Nathan McElhone, who allegedly used a pickup truck Jenne owns during a burglary.

The campaign also focused on development money Jenne tried to steer toward McElhone, but the money never materialized and Jenne says she didn't know McElhone at the time, although she now describes him as a close friend.

Following is Jenne's full statement:

"I wake up this morning clearly disappointed but also grateful that I have had the opportunity to represent the region my family has called home for the past seven generations in the New York State Assembly for the past decade.

"The voters have spoken, and I respect their decision. 

"I'm proud of the work I've done for the district - creating a farm-to-school program that has benefited our growers and producers as well as students that are now eating fresh, locally grown food products in their school cafeterias, the fight I have waged to make sure rural schools receive equitable state aid so our kids have the same opportunities as their peers in wealthier portions of our state and my success in bringing state funds back to the district to help move important community projects forward. 

"I'm most proud of the constituent service work my office - my dedicated staff - have done to help small businesses and constituents, many from outside our district's boundaries, in times of crisis. That is really the most important role we play in public service.

"I hope this campaign will be an anomaly and not the new norm. The North Country is better than this, and our future campaigns need to focus on the many issues challenging our region's future, not on character assassination and a wanton disregard for the truth."

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