Sayward supporting Gibson and Owens for re-election

April 02, 2012 12:55 pm

State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R- Willsboro, said that U.S. Reps. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, should be reelected.

“The team of Gibson and Owens is doing a tremendous job for our area right here,” she said Monday during an interview about her upcoming retirement at the end of the year.

Sayward was responding to a question about whether she has picked a candidate to support in the 21st Congressional District race -- the district in which she lives.

“All I can say at this point is that the two congressional representatives that we have right now that are running again have been extremely responsive to my office when we’ve had issues. You make a call and you’ll get a call back from the congress people themselves. So we have two very good congress people right now,” she said, referring to Gibson and Owens.

Gibson, a Republican, and Owens, a Democrat, currently each represent different portions of Essex County, and Gibson represents Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties.

Owens is the incumbent running for reelection in the new 21st Congressional District, which includes Essex, Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

Gibson is running for reelection in the new 19th Congressional District, located farther south in the Hudson Valley.

“The thing that has impressed me about those two individuals, is that they work together in a nonpartisan way. And that’s extremely important in government today, and we don’t see enough of that,” Sayward continued. “They brought the federal Agriculture Committee to Saranac Lake where they sat and listened to farmers from all over the North Country as far out as Loweville and other places that came to talk about the Farm Bill. ... We have had a couple of things that will help the Adirondacks that they are looking at -- the Legacy Program that brings money in to New York state. They’re working together on that bill. To me, that is important. And that is how I pick candidates to vote for. I might be a Republican, but certainly you look at the candidate and the person and the job they have done, and you make your decision.”

Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Owens in November: Matt Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, and Kellie Greene, an international business consultant and seminary student from Sackets Harbor.

Doheny already has the Independence Party nomination and is expected to receive the Conservative nomination.

The Green Party candidate is Donald Hassig, a political activist from St. Lawrence County.