Assembly Candidates Make Final PushPosted: Updated:
Fired up and ready to go. Republican candidate Mark Walczyk is making his final push in hopes of representing the 116th Assembly District.
"we're getting out there making some last phone calls and waving some signs on the street. I mean, the most important thing to do today is what I just did and I voted so I encourage everybody to get out there and do the same," he said.
Walczyk is trying to unseat Democrat Addie Jenne, who has represented the River District for 10 years. Jenne thinks it's her experience and knowledge of the district that makes her the best candidate.
"I know the issues of this district inside and out and I've proven to be able to get results and fight for our area. We're starting to see some good things happen here and I want to keep that ball rolling," she said.
The 116th Assembly District is unique in that it's almost evenly split between registered Republicans and Democrats. It could make for a close race. In the past, Jenne has won, but not by much. In 2016, she won by 3,000 votes and in 2014 by less than 100. Walczyk thinks he has a chance of taking the district.
"We're feeling really good about our chances. The absentees that came in were already looking strong in our favor so we're looking for a good result tonight," he said.
This is a race that hasn't gone without controversy. Jenne's pickup truck was linked to a burglary suspect, Nathan McElhone, whom she later called her close friend. She also was accused of trying to steer money to a building project he was involved in in Antwerp, although it never happened and she says she didn't know McElhone at the time.
Jenne doesn't think that will hurt her.
"I think that people see how hard I work for us and how much I know the issues and I know the district and how much I fight for them. That's what matters," she said.
As for Walczyk, he said in A 2015 interview with 7 News that he would serve a full term on Watertown City Council. However, if he wins, he would leave the seat a year early.