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Politics and Elections

June 10, 2014

Clinton County GOP backs Duprey

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Republicans have given incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey the nod to run for another term in the 115th District.

But it appears that she will face a primary before the general election.

Duprey captured the party’s endorsement at the recent caucus, defeating challenger Karen Bisso in weighted voting by a margin of about 2,800 to 2,000, according to Party Chairman Randall Beach.

The incumbent also has the endorsement of the Franklin County Republican Party.

The 115th District includes all of Clinton and Franklin counties and four towns in eastern St. Lawrence County.

The St. Lawrence County Republican Party is not endorsing a candidate, pending the possibility of a primary.

‘MANY CONTACTS’

“I discussed with both the Clinton and Franklin County committees my passion for the Assembly position, which has allowed me the opportunity to assist hundreds of individuals and businesses with a wide variety of issues they face in their daily lives and business operations,” Duprey said in a statement.

“Having a direct impact on the quality of life by assisting constituents with everyday problems is a privilege that brings great satisfaction. 

“There is no doubt the many contacts I have made in various state agencies allow me to often find the right people to help solve local problems.”

CONSERVATIVE LINE 

Duprey was elected to the Assembly in 2006 after serving as Clinton County treasurer for 21 years and as a county legislator for 10 years.

She won re-election in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In 2012, she soundly defeated Democrat Timothy Carpenter and Bisso, who ran on the Conservative Party line.

Bisso, a teacher in the City of Plattsburgh School District, has the Conservative Party endorsement again for this year’s election.

Duprey will also be on the Independence Party line.

PRIMARY PETITIONS

Bisso told the Press-Republican that she will run against Duprey in a primary for the Republican line.

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