The election is just over a week away, and a local Senate race is starting to heat up as the deadline approaches.
The 43rd Senate District, which encompasses all of Columbia County and parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties, is currently being held by Senator Kathy Marchione. Marchione is is not seeking re-election and the race is now between Aaron Gladd, a Democrat, and Daphne Jordan, a Republican.
Born into a low-income family, Gladd emancipated himself when he was 16. He was living out of his car at times and put himself through school. He eventually graduated and went on to work for Senator Tom Libous, a Republican, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Gladd says its this ability to work across the aisle that sets him apart.
“I think we can have a strong voice for upstate New York, which has been lacking for too long. I think we can have people in office who are not concerned with left versus right or red versus blue, but just want to do the right thing,” Gladd (D-43rd District Senate Candidate) said.
Gladd took four years off working in government to serve as Platoon Leader in the United States Army. His uniform and laptop that was blown up while on tour in Afghanistan is even displayed on the first floor of the Capitol. He says his focus if elected, will be to make sure everyone has equal access to health care, education, and clean water.
“I’m going to stand up for people who are being left behind. Something we fight for overseas but don’t fight for here at home. I want to bring that fight to New York State government.”
He is challenging Daphne Jordan, a former legislative director to Senator Kathy Marchione.
“People are worried that they won’t be able to live upstate anymore. It’s high taxes, businesses are having a hard time,” Jordan said.
Jordan is a former business owner and also currently serving as a town board member in Halfmoon. She says it’s her experience in both state and local government, as well as her background in the private sector that makes her the best candidate.
“I’ve had this unique opportunity to take a good look at the inside and see how everything gets done. I want to be a voice for businesses as well as people.”
If elected, she says she will work to lower property taxes, increase broadband to rural areas and help grow local businesses.
You will have a chance to make your voice heard and choose a candidate on November 6th.