PLATTSBURGH — Incumbent Republican Janet Duprey easily defeated Conservative Party candidate Karen Bisso and Democratic challenger Timothy Carpenter in the race for the 115th State Assembly District.
The unofficial totals on Tuesday night were 19,219 for Duprey, 9,563 for Carpenter and 8,235 for Bisso, with one district left to report in St. Lawrence County and 15 in Franklin County as of midnight.
“It feels good, folks. Thank you,” Duprey said to her supporters at West Side Ballroom.
She said this was the worst campaign she’s been involved in in 37 years in politics. Duprey said it was nice to see the person behind that effort do so poorly, obviously alluding to Bisso.
“I have never been in such a nasty campaign as the one that’s been tossed at me this year,” she said.
Duprey said her large margin of victory was due to her sticking to a positive message, that she wanted to show her family it is possible to stay positive and succeed and not have to bow down to bullies.
She called a number of family members to join her at the podium.
“When people ask me why I was doing this again, this is why,” she said.
She said she has worked hard in her time in office and will continue to do so.
“I’d like to think (the win is) a recognition that I work hard and in a bipartisan manner,” Duprey said.
Carpenter said he was grateful for everyone who supported him during the campaign and on Election Day. He said it has been a positive experience, even in defeat.
“There are pluses and minuses to both winning and losing,” he said. “I explained to my kids that it doesn’t hurt to take chances.”
He said all the candidates realize the need to improve the economy, create more jobs and get more people back to work.