116th Assembly hopefuls cast primary ballots

Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT
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(WWNY) - Primary elections were in full swing across the state Tuesday as the public had a chance to vote for who they want to represent them

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and poll workers say it has been decently busy throughout the morning and they expect it to pick up as the day goes on. Polls close at 9 p.m.

One race to highlight is the race for the 116th Assembly District.

Lisbon businesswoman Susan Duffy voted in Waddington Tuesday morning. She is running in the 116th on the Republican ticket against Jefferson County Legislator Scott Gray, who cast his vote at the church of the Nazarene in Watertown.

The seat is up for grabs after current Assemblyman Mark Walczyk announced he is taking a run at state Senate.

Both candidates say they are feeling great about their chances.

“We’re just going to go in and as long as people show up to vote today, I think we have a really great shot at this and we’ll be celebrating,” Duffy said. “Regardless of what happens, we will be celebrating.”

“Feeling good about, confident and you know we put in a good effort, the whole team executed well,” Gray said, “and you know I had a great team behind me that did a lot of the mechanical type of work that goes along with the campaign.”

Duffy prides herself on being a true conservative, saying there are issues at the state level she wants to quickly address if elected.

“The first thing we have to go after is bail reform and the HALT Act immediately; daily it’s causing injury to not only corrections but inmates as well and we can’t sit on this,” she said.

Scott Gray, who has served on the legislature board for 2 decades and spent 6 of those years as chairman, says his experience and his ability to work across the aisle will help in Albany.

“Taking your ideology, taking their ideology, striking a middle ground, striking a compromise that serves people well and I think we need more of that in politics,” he said.

See our rundown of primary races.

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