Vanquished Legislature candidates still collecting campaign cash

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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— Former Assemblyman George Amedore was able to raise a lot of money in the last six months without trying.

The Rotterdam Republican, who narrowly lost a bid for the state Senate last fall to Duanesburg Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, raised $51,994.36 in the last six months, according to a July campaign finance filing with the state Board of Elections. Ninety percent of the money Amedore raised, though, was unspent money for television advertisements in the fall that was returned to his campaign; the rest came from two local business contributions and funds from his now-closed Assembly campaign committee.

Based on the latest filings, Tkaczyk has $52,616.97 in her war chest and Amedore has $38,407.91.

Amedore cautioned against reading too much into his campaign account remaining open.

“We’ll see what the future holds,” he said. “I’m pretty much watching, listening and getting inspired.”

Another familiar face that could pop up again next year is Round Lake Democrat Carrie Woerner, who is not ruling out another run for the 113th Assembly District and reported this month having more than $15,000 in her campaign chest. Over the past six months, she raised about $1,000 and spent about $2,000.

“I’m holding my options open,” said Woerner, who lost to Republican Tony Jordan last year.

If she does run next year, it is possible it won’t be against Jordan, who is running this fall to be Washington County District Attorney. If he is elected, a special election for the 113th Assembly District seat could be held in the spring.

“I continue to believe Saratoga and Washington counties deserve strong, active representation,” Woerner added.

Also maintaining an active campaign account, after losing last year to state Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, is Democrat Madelyn Thorne. She has about $2,000 in her campaign account after raising and spending about $1,500 in the last six months.

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