Here are a couple articles that do a good job of highlighting Ian's campaign:
The One to Watch
The race for the 112th is drawing big money and big interests
Tony Jordan and Ian McGaughey are clear about one thing: Neither of them are career politicians. They are just two small businessmen running for the 112th New York State Assembly District, which comprises the strip of Washington, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties that borders Vermont. While the area’s race may seem the same as any other in the area, the bottom line that separates the fight for the 112th is money. The district is facing a potential economic boom, and as a result, these candidates are among some of the most well-funded by both the Republican and Democratic election committees in the state.
The town of Malta has just been named as the site for the new Advanced Micro Devices plant. The California-based AMD is one of the world’s largest producers of computer hardware, and its plans for a new location in Saratoga County have left both Jordan and McGaughey smiling.
“AMD will be a great thing for this region,” said McGaughey. “I think it shows what happens when you have state government, our education system and the high-tech industry come together and work together. Not only does it mean 1,400 jobs right on the Luther Forest site, but we also anticipate 5,000 spin-off jobs.” Whether the spin-off jobs are for delivery companies or local restaurants, McGaughey said that “the jobs will be the engine that will drive existing small businesses to grow, and help new businesses realize their dreams.”
Jordan, a Republican, said, “The AMD announcement has certainly been received with great excitement in Malta. It provides wonderful opportunities for Malta and the surrounding communities.” His vision for improving the district also includes an investment in farming. “When you think of cheese, do you think of New York, or do you think of Vermont and Wisconsin? When you think of maple syrup, what comes to your mind?”
Jordan said the success of those farmers outside New York and their products was brought about by effective branding, and that is something Jordan, who married into a family of dairy farmers, wants to bring to upstate New York.
“That doesn’t happen by accident,” said Jordan. “That’s an investment of true economic development. . . . The state should be out in front as a partner, not an obstacle to the success of those businesses.”
McGaughey, while supporting the $1.2 billion in tax breaks that attracted AMD, also wants to put small-business initiatives through the Assembly.
“If we can loosen some of the regulations that tie the hands of small business. . . . We can increase the accessibility of low-interest loans to help entrepreneurs make their dreams reality,” he said. McGaughey also explained his plan to foster nascent businesses using incubator centers, which help entrepreneurs learn how to build their business.
“When I started my businesses, there wasn’t one location to find out everything you needed to know about insurance and worker’s comp,” McGaughey said. With these incubators, he hopes to “provide the resources to folks so they know what they’re up against, and give them a helping hand along the way.”
But surrounding the candidates and issues themselves is the outpouring of money from the Republican and Democratic Assembly campaign committees into this one race. According to disclosure reports, the DACC so far has given McGaughey $300,000, and Jordan has received $303,000 from the RACC.
This makes McGaughey the most well-funded Democrat in this year’s Assembly races. Assemblyman Ron Canestrari (D-Cohoes), co-chair of the DACC, explained the investment. “He is doing very well. It’s a competitive race, and we think he can win it. And I’m willing to invest in his campaign.”
Rensselaer County Democratic Chairman Tom Wade echoed that rationale. “They must feel that he’s a winner. I think he’s a very viable candidate, for starters. There’s no incumbent running. We have a candidate with a proven record of successful runs for office,” he said, referring to McGaughey’s involvement with the Wilton Town Board since 2001. On the other hand, “the Republicans nominated an unknown. He’s not from the area; to my knowledge, very few people know him.”
Wade said he and Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Larry Bulman talked McGaughey into running because “he’s a progressive young guy. He has a record in office. In fact, the last time he ran he was elected in a town where Democrats haven’t won in years and years.”
Originally, McGaughey was set to run against longtime incumbent Republican Roy McDonald, who is vacating his 112th seat for a shot at the 43rd Senate District, previously held by Joe Bruno.
“When Roy dropped out, things changed, and then it became an open
seat, which makes [McGaughey] a more viable candidate than if he was running against an incumbent,” Wade said. “It was a benefit, certainly. I know the DACC wouldn’t be as heavily involved if he was
running against an incumbent Republican. But once it becomes an open seat, then it’s a whole new game.”
Endorsement: New York State Assembly, 112th District: Ian McGaughey
Ian McGaughey, the young, former Wilton Town Board member, has generated quite a buzz. For months, Democratic insiders have pointed to McGaughey, saying that he is a candidate to watch. He jumped into the race in early spring, challenging the popular incumbent Roy McDonald before McDonald stepped up to bat in the 43rd Senate seat, leaving an open district behind. Where McGaughey has a fledgling, but accomplished, political career already behind him, his challenger, Tony Jordan, is an unknown, a neophyte who offers little to differentiate himself from McGaughey. In a race where the candidates, reacting to their desired constituents, are bound to agree on issues more than disagree, we would like to see the promising McGaughey given the opportunity to prove himself in Shelly Silver’s majority caucus.