Is Walczyk Toying With Run For Assembly?

Is Walczyk Toying With Run For Assembly?

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It's still early on, but there's speculation that Watertown City Council member Mark Walczyk has his eye on the 116th Assembly District, fueled by telephone polls and fund raising and no denial from Walczyk.

Asked about that, Walczyk says he's focused on city council, finding a new city manager, and helping with the budget process. But he also says he's keeping his options open.

Walczyk recently sent out a letter soliciting donations. In it he says he needs donors' help preparing for the future.

The letter does not specify what exactly he is raising money for though.

Plus, at least one telephone poll has been done to gauge the interest in Walczyk as a potential candidate.

On top of that, Don Coon, the head of the Jefferson County Republican Party, says he's had early discussions with Walczyk about him running for the 116th Assembly seat.

Back when Walczyk ran for council in 2015, he told 7 News anchor Jeff Cole in an interview that he would carry out his full term on council.

Walczyk's term on council is up in 2019, while the election for Assembly is coming up in November 2018.

If Walczyk ran and won that seat, he would have to give up the one he has on city council.

Asked about that, he again said he is keeping his options open.

It's still early in the election cycle. Don Coon says the only other serious candidate he's discussed the seat with is Bill Sheridan, who lost in the Republican primary to John Byrne in 2016.

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