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Candidates prepare for 101st Assembly District Primary

By JOLEEN FERRIS

DECISION 2012 (WKTV) - A current NYS Assemblywoman will square off in next week's republican primary against a 27-year-old downstate mayor.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is finishing up her first term as 115th District Assembly Member. She and challenger Brian Maher, however, will be squaring off for a seat in the newly-created 101st district, which encompasses seven counties and reaches as far north as the town of Paris in Oneida County, to Orange County. Maher is Mayor of Walden, a village of roughly 8000 people in Orange County, New York.

Campaigning in such a large, far-reaching district has its physical challenges, but the candidates say the concerns of the people they seek to represent in the state legislature are pretty much the same; jobs and the economy.

"I believe that there's a lot more that brings this district together and its people than separates them and that's the candidate I've been for the past several months," says Maher.

"I have a huge stake in this as a business owner; my family has a business they started in 1946 and we're still going strong today," says Tenney.

This year's Republican Primary for the 101st Assembly District happens on Thursday, September 13, as that Tuesday is September 11.

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