Democrat McAdoo challenges Assemblyman Walsh in 112th District – Saratogian

CAPITAL AREA, NY – Democrat Andrew McAdoo challenges Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh in the race for the 112th Assembly District.

Early voting is ongoing until November 6. Election day is November 8. Walsh has represented the 112th district since 2016.

The 112th District encompasses parts of Saratoga County including Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Galway, Greenfield Center, and Schenectady County including Glenville.

The Saratogian sent questionnaires to candidates McAdoo and Walsh to get to know each candidate better. Here is the answer to our questions.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

McAdoo: “My roots run deep in upstate New York – my ancestors left Belfast and arrived on Ellis Island in 1847. They acquired 200 acres from the Van Rensselaer family and established the family dairy farm where I grew up. I have always been an outdoor sportsman and an environmentalist. My career was built in the telecommunications industry where I rose through the ranks from lineman to president of a regulated telecommunications company. After retiring from a full-time job, I started Broadband Solutions, a consulting firm focused on rural broadband service and sounding the alarm about Big Tech’s influence on society. .

“I reside in Halfmoon with my wife Christine and feel blessed to live near our 3 wonderful grandchildren.”

Walsh: “I am a permanent resident of the Capital Region, having grown up in Latham, a 30 year old resident of Saratoga County, mother, lawyer and MP completing my first 6 years in office, looking for another 2 year term to continue my work as an advocate for families who call the 112th Assembly District home.

2. Why did you want to apply for this position?

McAdoo: “I’ve spent two decades working closely with the state government on telecommunications, internet and tax policy. I have witnessed a close connection between the vested interests of Big Money and incumbent career politicians and understand how these relationships lead to monopolistic service providers and the most expensive state government in the land. I stand for election
wrest control from big money special interest groups and return government to the taxpayers.

“Since I decided to run in late 2021, U.S. Supreme Court rulings now require me to act to protect a woman’s right to comprehensive reproductive health care so that my little one -daughter has the same rights as her mother. Their actions set us back at least a generation, maybe two. What other rights will be restored in the future?”

Walsh: “In 2016, I ran for a public service role when the seat opened up after the then Assembly, Tedisco, moved to the Senate. Now I am seeking re-election to continue the work I have done and be the loud upstate voice my constituents sent me to Albany to be.

“Both in Albany and in the community, I am an advocate for lower taxes, smaller government, a strong economy, a free market, safe elections, rights for the people respecting the law of bearing arms, accountability, strong and safe communities, and educating our children in the way that best suits their unique learning styles.

3. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the community right now?

McAdoo: “The biggest issue affecting our communities today is not having a seat at the Assembly table when the budget, infrastructure priorities and school aid priorities are set. Without a voice in the Assembly, we cannot be effective in addressing issues such as supporting the volunteer first responders we all depend on, adequately funding education, addressing Big Tech threats, and the possibility for upstate outdoor sports enthusiasts to have their voices heard in state government.

“Every community in New York is suffering from the high cost of state government and we need to address the cost of living in New York to reduce out-migration. At the same time, we must endorse the Environmental Bond and ensure that our future health and that of our children is protected. Taxpayers must be held accountable for every dollar spent. »

Walsh: “Right now the portfolio issues are the biggest. New Yorkers face record inflation, crippling gas prices, high food prices and general unaffordability. In Albany, we must reverse the course of bloated public budgets and behave in a fiscally responsible manner. Too much money is being spent, and under one-party rule taxes continue to rise for already overburdened New York residents and business owners.

“We need to restore the real role of government. It’s time to get back to basics and prioritize safety, public protection, strong infrastructure and quality education. It’s high time to focus on promoting a New York that embraces entrepreneurship and self-determination through hard work.

4. What do you hope to accomplish in your first 100 days in office?

McAdoo: “I would work immediately to address ethics reform and wasteful spending. I plan to hire a retired government employee with budget experience to help me identify unnecessary spending. I will reach out to other upstate lawmakers in a non-partisan way to form an upstate task force on outdoor sports issues to ensure we have a voice in the room. of the Democratic caucus.

“Over-regulation of child care centers is a critical issue that must also be addressed to revive our economy and this will be a priority. Employers need workers and parents need affordable child care so they can work.

Walsh: “As an incumbent for 6 years, I am proud of the work I have already done on behalf of the 112th Assembly District and in Albany. I have successfully enacted laws of local and national significance and have worked across the aisle when needed. In the District, I have helped countless constituents, towns, school districts, organizations, and businesses reduce red tape or provide solutions to various issues they encounter in their daily lives.

“As we return to the January legislative session, I will work to develop a reasonable and sustainable spending plan and provide taxpayers with the relief they need.”

View of the Assembly Hall during a legislative session at the State Capitol in Albany, NY (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)