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May 25, 2012

City councilor to challenge incumbent assemblywoman

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh Councilor Timothy Carpenter will run for State Assembly this year.

"I believe that I have done a good job here in the city, and I have been a big part of a lot of positive changes here, and I want to bring that to the state level," he said.

A Democrat, Carpenter seeks the 115th District seat held by Republican Janet Duprey of Peru, who has held it since 2007. Duprey is being challenged in a Republican primary on Sept. 13 by Karen Bisso and David Kimmel.

The district covers all of Clinton and Franklin counties and four towns in the eastern portion of St. Lawrence County. It was re-drawn this year because of the 2010 census; the St. Lawrence County towns were added, and St. Armand in Essex County was eliminated.

'GOOD COMMUNICATOR'

Carpenter, a councilor from Ward 1 since 2008 in the south end of the city, has been a correction officer at Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone since 1986. He said his Franklin County connections are a big part of why he decided to run.

"I have a lot of friends in Franklin County, and I want to help them," he said.

"I think there is a lot that needs fixing in this state, and I believe that any problem can be solved with good communication. I am a good communicator, and I want to bring that to the next level — and I don't think that is being done now."

Carpenter, 52, said many people in the district have told him they are not happy with their representation in the Assembly.

"If people are happy with the way things are in this district and in this state, then don't vote for me because I am going to do things differently," he said.

Carpenter said that during his time on the council, the city has become financially more stable, and he personally helped resolve a major funding problem with the library that allowed it to stay open without layoffs.

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