The race for New York's 113th Assembly District, which includes parts of Saratoga and Washington counties and the cities of Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls, will be one to watch.
The district, which leans Democratic, is home to an electoral rematch from 2020, when Democratic incumbent Carrie Woerner bested Republican challenger Dave Catalfamo 55% to 45%. But with a midterm election shaping up to be a good year for the GOP, and the issues of abortion, the economy and crime weighing heavily on voter’s minds, could we see a flip?
As the nation deals with an uptick in crime rates, the issue has been intensified due in part to 2019’s bail reform laws. Woerner said the state needs to “continue to look at reforming the bail laws to address the trends we are seeing in the data.”
Woerner also argues that more needs to be done to educate judges on the bail laws and take a look at how far a defendant is from the court and their willingness to appear. Catalfamo said the bail laws and the recent changes to New York’s concealed carry laws represent a “cultural change” that “empowers criminal rights ahead of those that are law enforcement citizens.”
In the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which overturned Roe, elected officials and activists geared up to motivate their bases to vote on the issue. Catalfamo, a Republican, said it is “an issue best decided by women and their doctor,” but adds he would not support allowing late-term abortions in the state. Woerner, on the other hand, said abortion is health care and that the state needs to protect providers legally and make sure that they can get paid for their services.
On the economy, Catalfamo said that the state needs to take action to make it more affordable for people and families to survive in the Empire State. Catalfamo said the state needs to take action on the “corruption tax” and cites the Buffalo Bills stadium deal as “too much of a giveaway.” Catalfamo adds the state should address those short-term issues, then tackle other long-term spending issues.
If Woerner is successful in her re-election effort, she will most likely remain a member of a Democratic supermajority in the state Assembly, largely populated by New York City members. Woerner said over her tenure in the Assembly, she has stood out as an upstate Democrat by cultivating a reputation of building coalitions to help address issues like rural health and housing with a “practical approach.”
Woerner and Catalfamo will face the voters on Election Day, which is Nov. 8. Early voting begins on Oct. 29.