Campaign Countdown: NY State Senate District 45
Democrat Emily Martz and incumbent republican Senator Betty Little face each other next month in the race for the 45th Senate District, which covers New York's Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren, and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties.
"After the 2016 election, like a lot of people I said our country is in a tough spot right now, so I did a couple of things. I started talking to people who voted differently than I did," Martz said.
The Saranac Lake resident has worked as an economics professor and as director of the Adirondack North Country Association. Many will also remember her from her recent unsuccessful primary run that she lost to Tedra Cobb for New York's 21st Congressional District.
"As you know, I didn't make it through the primary, but people called me the day after and asked me if I would run for State Senate, and it was a hard decision to make," Martz said.
With only a couple of days left for her name to be put on November's ballot, she agreed, and quickly re-focused her campaign. Jobs and broadband are just a couple of the issues most important to her. She also really wants to see a change in health care. "We need to deal with this health crisis," she said. "It is our responsibility as leaders of the state to figure out how do we improve out health care system. How do we get everybody access to quality care, and at the same time improve the outcomes."
Senator Betty Little was first elected in 2002. Before that, the republican sat on the assembly for seven years.
"I work really hard to represent the people that I represent, and I always put people ahead of politics in order to get results," Little said. "There are so many issues here in the North Country that we need to advocate for and I have advocated for and would like to continue to."
The Queensbury resident says she has fought for better health care, education funding, job growth, and is also a big supporter of rural broadband. "You know, we've gotten a lot of money in the last four or five years. We've gotten $150 million, but we need to get it implemented. We need to get it done faster so that people do have broadband," Little said.