What's Next For Walczyk After Big Win?Posted: Updated:
The day after winning the 116th Assembly District election, Mark Walczyk is answering a lot of text messages and phone calls from family, friends, and supporters. Walczyk has also begun to assemble his transition team.
"Constituent services is the bread and butter of being a good Assembly member and I want to make sure I have the right team on the ground to serve the people of the river district." said Walczyk.
The Republican challenger took 54 percent of the vote, beating 5 term incumbent Addie Jenne. Walczyk won in both St. Lawrence county and Jefferson county. He says that's thanks to hard work.
"I went and knocked on 5,000 doors myself, we made the phone calls, we sent the mail, we got out there to every parade and every community event and really had the presence," he said.
Moving forward, while in office, Walczyk says he wants to focus on jobs and creating a better business climate - something he thinks there is a lack of in northern New York.
"We're seeing our youth move out of state, college graduates move out of state because there just aren't job opportunities here and I really want to focus on making that change," he said.
And Walczyk is no stranger to state government. He served served as legislative and district director to state Senator Patty Ritchie.
"I'm not going into the legislature brand new and fresh. I've already got some ideas on the kind of Assembly member I want to be down there and how I'm going to be effective for the River District," he said.
Walczyk will be sworn in as Assemblyman in January.