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Assembly Candidates Both Tout Independence

BALLSTONMary Beth Walsh and Jim Fischer, the two Republican candidates for the 112th Assembly District seat, are both staking their claims as the independent voice of in the race.

Walsh, an attorney and former town councilwoman, was endorsed by the Reform Party of New York. Her campaign called the “latest grassroots endorsement” and another indication that she is the best candidate to fight for families in small businesses.

Mary Beth Walsh

Mary Beth Walsh/Photo provided

“We need to continue to minimize the footprint our state government has on the everyday lives of New Yorkers,” Walsh said in a statement. “For too long the trend of our state government has been one of intrusiveness, carelessness and corruption. We need an independent voice fighting for us and I’m that voice.”

Fischer, meanwhile, called his qualification for the Tuesday, Sept. 13 primary a “blow to the status quo,” and the small business owner described Walsh as “the pick of the Albany insiders and party bosses.”

“The status quo has got to go. I’m running for the Assembly to make sure the citizens of the 112th District, and not the Albany insiders and party bosses, get to choose who represents them in the Assembly,” he said in a statement. “If the people of the 112th want someone who will be truly independent from the party bosses and fight only for upstate families, there is only one real choice in this race.”

Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer

Walsh, who served as Ballston Town Councilwoman for eight years, has previously earned the support of the Saratoga County Republican Committee, Schenectady County Republican Committee, New York State Independence Party, New York State Conservative Party, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, Senator Hugh Farley, Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, and Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.

“In a time when Albany is in need of more individuals who support a responsible government, the Reform Party believes Mary Beth Walsh is the right choice for State Assembly,” said Bill Merrell, State Reform Party chairman, said in a statement. “Mary Beth has the background and experience to make responsible choices, and the will to stand up for practical interests and against the special interests.”

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The 112th Assembly District includes the Towns of Ballston, Charlton, Clifton Park, Galway, Halfmoon, Milton and Providence in Saratoga County and the Town of Glenville in Schenectady County. The seat is currently represented by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who is running for the 49th Senate District.

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