Walczyk unseats Jenne in race for 116th state Assembly District; opposes universal healthcare, SAFE Act
Updated at 11:47 p.m.
Republican Mark Walczyk has unseated Democratic incumbent Addie Jenne for the 116th state Assembly seat.Walczyk received 19,512 votes, compared to 16,290 for Jenne. A Watertown City Council member, he had campaigned hard in recent weeks, making many appearances in St. Lawrence County and advertising heavily.
In St. Lawrence County, the race was much closer than the total indicates – Walczyk got 9.432 votes, compared to 9.388 for Jenne.
The 116th district, also known as the River District, covers the northern half of both counties as well as Potsdam and Canton.
A member of the Army Reserves, Walczyk worked for Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, for eight years.
He opposes universal healthcare, while Jenne favored the idea. He wants repeal of the SAFE Act and is against restrictions on gun owners, while Jenne voted for the SAFE Act. He opposes legalization of marijuana, while Jenne supported legalizing pot.
The results are unofficial and do not include absentee ballots.