• Randy Reid

Making the Case to Vote for a Democrat in the 124th Assembly District.

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Now is the time to make a change in the 124th Assembly District. Our current Assemblyman is nameless and practices outdated ideologies when our district is so diverse and in need of a leader. The simple reason to vote Democrat for this upcoming election is to be able to have a voice and a seat at the table. The NYS Assembly Majority is led by Democrats. I'm an Upstate Democrat that understand rural issues. The committee assignments and money for districts are all controlled by Democrats. Having a Democrat such as myself represent our interest on these committees will allow me to be your voice.

Having a 95% “No” voting record in the past 10 years has not helped our district. This ideology of being “Conservative” on every issue or just being plain petty is not helping our district. Finally, not being visible even to your own Republican party is not helping our district either. Ask ANY elected Republican or committee person in the district about our current Assemblyman and privately some will tell you he's been absent, ineffective and they want him out.

Even former Chemung County Executive and Republican Tom Tranter thought Assemblyman Friend was ineffective. On WETM's Public Affairs show Twin Tier Weekly in 2015, Tranter voiced his displeasure with Friend after Friend was not in favor of the region getting $500M grant from NYS. (Link to Press & Sun Article A great day': Tier lands $500M 'Hunger Games' prize) Tranter said, "I was flabbergasted to be frank about it. When you get $500M in economic development in an area that needs it desperately and you’re not supported, other elected leaders were overjoyed. I think he’s in the minority like he is in the Assembly and as a result no one pays attention to him in the Assembly and that’s too bad for our area.”

As I run as an Upstate Democrat I won't be the Democratic leader for the 124th District but the Elected leader of the 124th district. I will represent the entire district regardless of political affiliation. I will represent you. I will work with local governments to make sure municipalities are being represented at the table. If a bill or issue needs to be brought up I will be able to take to the floor and fight for you. Right now our current Assemblyman can not bring bills/legislation to the floor because he’s not in the majority. Since he's been in office he has had zero sponsored legislation. It's time for a change.

Finally being an Upstate Democrat in the Assembly is not new to the Southern Tier. Donna Lupardo (D-123AD) represents the Binghamton area. Retiring Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125AD) represents Tompkins and Cortland Counties. Its now time for the 124th Assembly District to make a change and elect a Democrat who will be their voice in the Assembly.

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