Politics and Elections

February 27, 2014

Bisso to run again for Assembly

PLATTSBURGH — Teacher Karen Bisso will once more run for the State Assembly.

She announced Wednesday that she will try again to unseat incumbent Janet Duprey (R-Peru) in the 115th District.

Bisso, 52, who teaches in the City of Plattsburgh School District, ran as a Conservative Party candidate in 2012 but came in third in a race that also featured Democrat Timothy Carpenter of Plattsburgh.

She plans to face off against Duprey in a Republican primary in September and will also seek the Conservative Party line again.

Duprey, 68, who was first elected to the Assembly in 2006, announced earlier this month that she would be running for another two-year term.

The district includes all of Clinton and Essex counties and four towns in eastern St. Lawrence County.


Bisso said that, as an educator, she wants to get rid of the controversial Common Core system.

"Two years ago, I chose to run for Assembly because our state was headed in a dangerous direction. Our education system was being financially dismantled, millions of taxpayer dollars were being thrown into corporate welfare, and the state was doubling down on faulty economic and regulatory policies," she said in a news release.

"Today, I walk into the Plattsburgh High School as I have for 28 years, and I see the sheer desperation on the faces of students and teachers alike thanks to the travesty known as Common Core. 

"Unless removed from our schools, the Common Core will be the final nail in the coffin which began with the nationalizing of our education system, and the new teacher evaluation system coined 'APPR.'

"But most importantly, not one elected official has stepped forward to remove the Common Core from our schools.

"As a proud member of the North Country Alliance for Public Education, I will be standing with and advocating for parents to participate in the OPT OUT initiative for Common Core testing."

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