Claudia Tenney ’83 (R) was re-elected to the New York State Assembly yesterday after fighting an uphill battle caused by redistricting that she and many others — Republicans and Democrats alike — called gerrymandering.
Tenney won by a sizable margin over Democratic challenger Daniel Carter to secure a second term — only this time, she’ll be serving the 101st Assembly District. With 105 of 117 precincts reporting, Tenney had received 21,819 votes and Carter received 12,307, according to the Oneida Daily Dispatch.
The Republican incumbent’s newly formulated district snakes from a northern point in New Hartford (Oneida County) to Montgomery (Orange County) in the southern part of the state.
Tenney had been representing the 115th district, which included a cluster of towns in central New York, where she and her family have deep roots.
Tenney’s father, the late state Supreme Court Justice John R. “Jack” Tenney ’52, met her mother in Colgate’s Hall of Presidents. And, Tenney’s grandfather Robert “Bob” Roberts founded the Mid-York Weekly in Hamilton, where he and Tenney’s grandmother lived for many years.
Read about Tenney’s path to the state Assembly in this Colgate Scene feature.