The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County sponsored a candidate’s forum recently that featured candidates from three separate races. The audio for each of the three discussions can be found on this page.
Rather than a debate, where the candidates can challenge each other, the format for the evening was that of a forum. In each of the three segments, the candidates first gave an opening statement. They then responded to questions from the audience for about 40 minutes, before wrapping up with a one minute closing statement each.
The moderator for the forum, which was held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park, was Saratoga Wire’s Dale Willman.
It is important to note that many of the legislative districts across the state have been redrawn following the most recent census. The redrawing of those lines has caused some confusion about who will be representing what areas after the elections. The League provides a guide to help you sort it all out on their website.
Here are the three races:
Michele Draves (L), and James Tedisco
Candidates for the newly re-drawn 112th Assembly District spoke first. James Tedisco, a Republican currently representing the 110th Assembly District, is facing Democrat Michele Draves on the November ballot. The 112th District now surrounds the west side of Saratoga, and includes Greenfield, Milton, Ballston and Clifton Park, but not Saratoga Springs.
Hugh Farley (L), and Madelyn Thorne
Second on the evening were the two people vying for the 49th Senate District. This newly re-drawn district includes the far western portions of Saratoga County, including Milton, Malta and Ballston. Democrat Madelyn Thorne is challenging Hugh Farley, a Republican who currently represents the 44th Senate District as it stands now.
The final forum of the evening brought Paul Tonko and Bob Dieterich together. Tonko, a Democrat, currently represents New York’s 21st congressional district, where he has served since 2009. Dieterich, a Republican, is challenging Tonko for the newly-redrawn 20th Congressional seat. The new district contains a portion of the area that is currently represented by retiring Democrat Maurice Hinchey. And it includes the city of Saratoga Springs, but not Wilton, Greenfield or Milton.
Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties with the recording of this forum. The opening statements were not recorded. This audio however does contain the last nine questions, as well as the closing statements for both candidates. We apologize for the problem.
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