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The Times
  • Democrat enters race for 101st Assembly District

  • A Democrat is throwing his hat into the ring for the new 101st Assembly District.

    Dan Carter, a longtime fixture in the Herkimer County political scene, announced his candidacy this week.

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  • A Democrat is throwing his hat into the ring for the new 101st Assembly District.
    Dan Carter, a longtime fixture in the Herkimer County political scene, announced his candidacy this week.
    Incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, already is being challenged in a Sept. 13 primary by fellow Republican Brian Maher, who is the mayor of the Orange County village of Walden.
    “I am a blue collar everyman,” Carter, of Little Falls, said. “Brian Maher is a politician and Claudia Tenney is a lawyer. I’m not saying that’s bad, but there is a clear difference here.”
    Carter, 60, works as a machinist at Feldmeier Equipment in Little Falls. Tenney is an attorney and Maher works as a part-time sales associate for a company that sells diamond jewelry.
    Tenney, 51, said she has experience in small business as the one-time co-owner of the Pennysaver and present co-owner of the Mid-York Press. She also said her legal experience “has been a huge advantage in the Legislature” as she works to understand and craft laws.
    Maher, 27, said he has been working in the private sector at the same time as being mayor.
    “My constituents have reelected me every time,” he said.
    Carter said he supports a ban on hydraulic fracturing until technology improves and it can be proven safe for the water supply.
    He also would like to see more consolidation of government services, such as police, fire and road crews.
    Carter also said state economic development policies need to be improved.
    A graduate of Springfield High School in Springfield Center, Carter attended Adirondack Community College, but did not finish.
    He has been involved in local government and politics for more than a decade. Carter served two terms as a Little Falls alderman, and a term on the Herkimer County Legislature. He has also been Little Falls Democratic Party chairman and Herkimer County Democratic Party chairman and ran unsuccessfully against Assemblyman Marc Butler in 2008.
    The district, created in a redistricting round that concluded this spring, is a skinny strip often just one town wide that extends from New Hartford to Orange County. Election Day is Nov. 6.

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