JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A final push is underway to rally votes ahead of Election Day in Chautauqua County. For those running for the area’s State Assembly Seat, it’s full steam ahead to hear directly from voters.
The two candidates for New York State’s 150th Assembly District, current Republican Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and Democrat challenger Sandra Lewis are facing off for your vote at the polls.
“I’ve been focusing throughout the campaign on addressing inflation, and the impact on our families,“ explained Assemblyman Andy Goodell. “The concern about rising crime rates across New York State, our economic development efforts, and more jobs. So, I’ve been focusing on those things throughout the campaign, and I think those things are really resonating with people.”
Lewis outlines different priorities.
“Things that I feel are important are affordable housing, economic development, and mental health accessibility,“ stated Lewis. “More important, I think that I would love to work on issues that the people have on their plate. We can always think about the things that we see around here, but I want people to know that I am on your dime.”
Assemblyman Goodell meanwhile feels that his 12-years of experience in Albany is a key asset.
“I spoke more words on the floor of the assembly than any other assemblyman,“ explained Goodell. “In part because of my role as the floor leader, but when I say I’m your voice in Albany. I really am your voice in Albany, and people know exactly what our residents are thinking about, what’s important to them, and what legislation will do, what kind of impact it will have on Chautauqua County.”
Lewis however, believes that her experience within the community will outpace her opponent.
“I am new at this,“ stated Lewis. “But with anything new, I bring a plethora of experiences working in the public sector for 30 plus years, and working in the community as well. So step out, and let’s do this together.”
Once the election is over, no matter what, Lewis will continue her work within the community and Goodell will spend the following days picking up all of his, and fellow Republicans, campaign signs across the region.
In the end, both candidates tell us that they are going to carry their district’s beliefs into Albany, and to get out there and vote come Election Day.