109th Assembly District: Porter, Sullivan challenge Fahy

Patricia A. Fahy, a Democrat who was elected to represent the 109th Assembly District in 2012, faces two challengers this year: Republican Robert G. Porter and Conservative Joseph P. Sullivan.

The district, which was reconfigured in 2012 after its longtime representative, Democrat John McEneny, retired, covers Bethlehem, Guilderland, New Scotland, and the western part of Albany where all three candidates live.

Both Porter and Sullivan said they are running to give voters a choice and both said they are not raising campaign funds. The New York State Board of Elections lists total contributions for Sullivan as “.00.” Porter is not in the database.

According to the state’s board of elections, Fahy has so far raised $81,608 for her current campaign; only five of the contributions to “Friends of Patricia Fahy” are over $1,000. For the 2016 election, Fahy raised $82,170; in 2014, she raised $70,424; and in 2012, the year she bested five opponents in the Democratic primary, Fahy raised $306,132.

Fahy also has the Working Families and Independence party lines for the Nov. 6 election.

In the past two elections — in 2014 and again in 2016 — Fahy faced the same challenger: Republican Jesse D. Calhoun, a preschool teacher and musician. Fahy beat Calhoun with about 67 percent of the vote in 2014, when 41,337 district residents cast their ballots, and with about 70 percent of the vote in 2016, when 61,347 residents voted.

Porter, who worked in law enforcement for the Marines for 21 years, has run for office once before — losing his Republican bid two years ago to represent the heavily Democratic 9th Ward in Albany.

Sullivan, who spent most of his career in state government, has launched many campaigns, none successful, including a 2012 run, again on the Conservative line, against Fahy to represent the 109th District. That year, 59,326 people voted. Fahy won 64 percent of the vote, Republican Theodore J. Danz got 32.6 percent, and Sullivan got 3.4 percent.

This week, Sullivan termed Fahy “a handmaiden to New York City interests.”

Fahy responded through The Enterprise that the remark was “unfounded.” She said, “I’m a founding member of the Upstate Democratic Caucus, which has been hugely successful, especially getting funds for transportation.”

She also said that the three craft-beverage bills she had successfully sponsored helped transform upstate agriculture. “It’s become a multi-billion-dollar business. I knock myself out to do every promotional event. It is the ripple effect. Look at Indian Ladder Farms.”

The post carries a two-year term and has a base salary of $79,500.


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