MALONE - State Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) will be facing a Republican challenger, returning candidate Karen Bisso, in the September GOP primary for the 115th District, while incumbent state Sen. Betty Little (R-Glens Falls) doesn't appear to have any opponents for the 45th District seat, now that the deadline for filing petitions passed Thursday.
Ms. Duprey, who has served for eight years, filed petitions bearing more than 1,000 signatures under the Republican line, with 500 required, and 492 for Independence with 224 needed. Ms. Bisso, who was unavailable for comment Thursday, was listed on the state Board of Elections website as filing under the Republican and Conservative lines. Regardless of whether Ms. Bisso wins the Republican primary in September, she will still be on the ballot running against Ms. Duprey in November on the Conservative Party ticket.
The 115th District includes all of Franklin and Clinton counties and the towns of Brasher, Hopkinton, Lawrence and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County.
"I love the job. It's a wonderful opportunity, and I truly feel I'm making a difference in the quality of life in the north country," Ms. Duprey said via phone while on the road. "If it was just Albany and passing legislation, I wouldn't run again. It's what I do in the district, working with people."
This is the second time that Ms. Bisso, a Plattsburgh teacher, has tried to unseat Ms. Duprey for the Republican slot.
In 2012, Ms. Bisso ran second to Ms. Duprey in a three-way Republican Party primary, although she defeated the incumbent in the four St. Lawrence County towns included in the 115th District. She ran second to Ms. Duprey in Clinton County, the home county of all three candidates, losing by 239 votes, but was soundly defeated by Ms. Duprey in Franklin County, where the incumbent enjoyed a nearly 3-1 victory, according to earlier reports.
At the time, Ms. Bisso noted that the combined votes cast for her and the third candidate, David J. Kimmel of Cadyville, were more than Ms. Duprey's vote total.
Ms. Bisso continued into the general election as the candidate of the Conservative Party, finishing third behind Ms. Duprey and Democrat Timothy R. Carpenter.
Ms. Little filed 3,500 signatures under the Republican line with 1,000 required, more than 800 Independence with 640 needed, and 300 Conservative with 120 needed.
The 45th District includes all of Franklin, Clinton, Essex and Warren counties and most of Washington County, along with the towns of Clare, Colton, Hopkinton, Lawrenceville, Parishville and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County.
Despite the lack of a challenger, Ms. Little said she will be hitting the campaign trail to stay in touch with her constituents.
"I would hope people think I'm doing a good job," she said Thursday via phone. "I want to get out there and campaign and see what people think the issues are."
Ms. Little, who has served for 12 years, has run unopposed in each election since 2006, when Democrat Timothy Merrick challenged her, but lost by a large margin.