Marchione won't seek another term in New York State Senate

Kathy Marchione Kathy Marchione | Photo: File / WNYT.

April 26, 2018 06:12 PM

Republican New York State Senator Kathy Marchione has announced she will not seek another term in the 43rd District.

Marchione was first elected to the State Senate in 2012. She served as Saratoga County Clerk before that.

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In a statement released on Wednesday, Marchione said she looks forward to spending more time with her family and caring for her mother.

Her district covers parts of Columbia, Rensselaer, Washington and Saratoga counties.

You can read her full statement below:

"After a great deal of careful consideration, reflection, discussion with my family and prayer, I have decided to not seek re-election this fall to another term as State Senator serving and representing the 43rd District. While this was a difficult decision, the reality is that year’s end is the right time for me to step away. More importantly, it is the right thing to do for my family. I am the primary caregiver for my mother Dorothy and want to enjoy every day with her. I also have four of the world’s most wonderful grandchildren whom I absolutely treasure every moment with and want to continue spoiling. I look forward to finally having more quality time to share and spend with them and the rest of our family. Serving as New York State Senator, representing, working and fighting for taxpayers and families of the 43rd District, has been an honor, privilege and blessing. The overwhelming support and continued trust and confidence that voters in Columbia, Rensselaer and Washington Counties – and especially my home County of Saratoga – have continually placed in me is something I deeply appreciate and will forever cherish. I entered public service at the tender age of 25 and my service as Halfmoon Town Clerk, on the Halfmoon Town Board, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office, and the New York State Senate have all been part of an incredible journey with so many great friends and magnificent memories made along the way. I am honored to be part of our Senate Republican Majority that continues standing strong for taxpayers; we have done great things and I know that my Senate Republican colleagues will continue helping all New Yorkers achieve and live their dreams. While I will be leaving the New York State Senate at the end of this year, I won’t leave civic life entirely. I will continue being a strong, outspoken, passionate supporter of efforts to make New York State an even better, more affordable place. My journey in elective office as New York State Senator at year’s end will conclude where it all began, with the guiding grace of scripture: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’."

Marchione announced her planned retirement in a closed door meeting on Wednesday night. Thursday morning she spoke with reporters.

"It has been a tremendous opportunity to serve in a variety of positions that I've had opportunity to serve. I feel very blessed to have had all of these opportunities," said Marchione.

The three term Senator's retirement means an open seat and Democrats see that as an open door.

"We wish Senator Marchione well in her retirement but it's a great opportunity to put someone in there with a vision to start solving some of the problems that we need to address," said Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Todd Kerner.

Kerner says key issues like education and taxes are in need of reform. the 43rd District has historically voted Republican and Kerner says this could be the change they need to win it back.

"It's going to provide a lot of energy and atmosphere for people to see this is an open seat and it's winnable," said Kerner.

Republicans say not so fast. They stand behind Marchione's record of service and while some were shocked she's moving on there are rumblings that others are ready to take her place.

"These are very large shoes to fill. It's important that Saratoga County be represented by somebody who is a Republican, who is somebody who is dedicated to the community," said Carl Zeilman, Saratoga County Republican Chairman.


WNYT Staff

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