June 11, 2012

Assembly candidate gets endorsement

By JOE LoTEMPLIO, Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Assembly candidate David Kimmel has received the endorsement of the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party.

Kimmel, who is from Cadyville, is seeking to become the Republican candidate in the 115th District. He will face off against incumbent Janet Duprey of Peru and Karen Bisso of Morrisonville in a Republican primary on Sept. 13.

Kimmel and Bisso are both seeking to land the Conservative Party line, as well.

Timothy Carpenter, a City of Plattsburgh councilor from Ward 1, is running as the Democratic candidate.

Kimmel was selected by the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party after they considered him and Bisso.

“I’m very pleased to receive this stamp of approval from the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party,” Kimmel said. “It’s a very exciting benchmark for my campaign.”

Bisso’s camp said she removed herself for consideration of the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party endorsement because it would have come “with conditions which would have required Karen to compromise her morals,” according to a statement from her campaign manager, Russ Finley.

Finley declined to elaborate on that statement.

St. Lawrence County Conservative Party Chairman Hank Ford said he had no idea why Bisso did not want to be considered for the endorsement.

“We liked her, but she decided not to come back (for another interview),” Ford said.

“I have no other comments than that.”

Finley said that Bisso has the endorsement of the Franklin County Conservative Party and much support from the Clinton County Conservative Party and is aiming at getting the state party endorsement, as well.

Duprey said she is not seeking the Conservative Party endorsement.

The district was re-drawn this year to include four St. Lawrence County towns, as well as all of Clinton and Franklin counties. St. Armand in Essex County was removed from the district.

Candidates have until July 12 to submit the required number of signatures to get on the ballot for the primary.

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