Duprey will run again, may face challenge

New York state Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey will run for re-election in the 115th Assembly District, and challengers may not be far behind.

Duprey, a Republican from Peru, announced her intention Wednesday afternoon, saying she looks forward to continuing her service in the North Country. She was first elected to the Assembly in 2006.

“The North Country is a wonderful place to live and work with many positive actions taking place.” Duprey wrote in a press release. “I have devoted considerable time and energy to develop valuable bipartisan relationships with elected officials and people of all political parties in Albany and across the North Country.”

Duprey won re-election in 2012 in a three-way race between Democrat Tim Carpenter of Plattsburgh and Conservative Party candidate Karen Bisso of Plattsburgh. Duprey recieved 53 percent of the vote to Carpenter’s 26 percent and Bisso’s 21 percent.

Bisso, an educator from Plattsburgh, has shown interest in running again, Franklin County Republican Chairman Ray Scollin said.

“I spoke with her (Bisso) last night,” Scollin said. “She gave me the impression she would be running as a conservative challenger.

“I expect there will likely be a repeat of last time.”

Duprey said the spirit of co-operation was critical if the North Country will maintain its quality of life and improve economic development.

“While we still have more to do, unemployment is down throughout the district, and most businesses are reporting increased profits in recent months,” she wrote. “We have seen a surge of funding for various projects and organizations which benefit all areas of the North Country.”

In 2012, Duprey told the Enterprise the race was the “nastiest campaign” she has ever been involved in.

The assemblywoman has been focusing on education issues lately. She is a vocal critic of Common Core and standardized testing.

“My desire to continue to work with parents and school officials to correct the errors in the system is one of the driving forces behind my decision to seek re-election as I simply cannot walk away from this serious issue,” she wrote.

The 115th District covers all of Clinton and Franklin counties and four towns in St. Lawrence County.

Kathy Fluery, Franklin County’s Democratic Party chairwoman said no Democratic candidates have approached her at this time.

Marty Mannix, Clinton County Democratic Party Chairman, said there are no Democratic candidates there at this point, but they are working on it.