DOCUMENT: David Townsend Statement

(WKTV) - Assemblyman David Townsend released the following statement Sunday as he conceded the Oneida County Sheriff's Race:


First, I would like to congratulate Rob Maciol on his election as Oneida County Sheriff and I wish him the best.

It has been my distinct honor to represent the residents of Oneida and Oswego Counties for the past 20 years and to have been a part of the history on New York State. I worked diligently to ensure that important legislation was presented and passed in the legislature. I took my role seriously as a member of the Assembly and always stood up for what is right on behalf of the constituents of the district even against the status quo on many occasions. It has been an honor and a pleasure to provide assistance and help to thousands of constituents throughout Oneida and Oswego Counties. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and looking forward to a new chapter in my life.

The only regret that I have as a citizen is that our election process has now been influenced by an outside force that refuses to abide by our laws. The Oneida Indian Nation Representative has an agenda to influence the elections against those seeking office who disagree with him. He has offered a veiled threat to control the election process again by using substantial capital gained from an illegal gambling operation within our county limits. I only hope that the people of Oneida and Madison Counties are aware of this influence and judge their elected officials based on honor and trust and not allow themselves to be manipulated by an entity that refuses to follow our laws. Our country was founded on the ideals of equality and fairness. Hopefully, the citizens of this community will stand up for those principles in the future.

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