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January 3, 2010

Cadyville man to challenge Assemblywoman Duprey in election

PLATTSBURGH — Former Town of Plattsburgh Republican Party Chairman David Kimmel has announced a campaign for the 114th State Assembly seat now held by Janet Duprey.

The Cadyville resident said he decided to run because he sees Albany currently engaged in what he compared to World War I trench warfare. Once in a while, someone makes an ineffective attempt to get something done, Kimmel said, but for the most part the two sides simply watch each other across the line.

“The problem is if you are comfortable in your trench, nothing gets accomplished,” he said. “We need someone from the North Country who will fight and give businesses what they need to be successful.”

Albany and its spending and taxation are like a car headed for a brick wall at 150 miles per hour, Kimmel said, adding it is too late to emerge from the looming disaster unscathed.

If no one slams on the brakes, there will be nothing left, he said. Even if the brakes are applied, the car will hit the wall, but at least it can be repaired.

The idea that government could reach a state of gridlock evidenced by last year’s State Senate power struggle is outrageous, he said.

“It’s time for Albany to remember the words ‘We the People,’” Kimmel said. “Last year in Albany, we, the people, lost.”

One of the problems is the whole idea of the “other side” between the two parties, he said. If more would talk with the members of the other party and engage in dialogue, they might find they have more in common than differences.

“In Albany, politicians don’t seem to have any problem with being nasty to each other and not working with each other,” Kimmel said. “They are going after their own interests and not the interests of the people they represent.”

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