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Santabarbara wins seat in Assembly

November 7, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

Democrat Angelo Santabarbara has won the race for the 111th Assembly District, beating out Republican Thomas Quackenbush, according to unofficial results from Montgomery and Schenectady counties.

With all 109 precincts reporting their results, Santabarbara got 25,018 votes, while Quackenbush only garnered 16,335.

Quackenbush, the supervisor for the town of Minden, and Santabarbara, a Schenectady County legislator, were running for an Assembly seat being vacated by George Amedore, who is seeking election to the state Senate.

The race, which has primarily focused on job creation, included the candidate throwing barbs at each other, with both candidates claiming their opponent had raised their own pay while in certain positions. Other issues that had come up included job creation. Both candidates had created job plans to try and bring new industries to the area.

"I was happy to see the support across Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties," Santabarbara said, thanking his supporters for their votes. He said he was honored he received their trust.

Santabarbara said that he was happy to see such a large majority in the election.

"Again, I'm honored," Santabarbara said. "I'm ready to be their voice in Albany."

Quackenbush is a business agent for Teamsters Local 294 after working for United Parcel Service for 17 years and currently serves as the Minden Town Supervisor.

Santabarbara is a real-estate agent. He also is an engineer.

Quackenbush was unavailable for comment this morning.



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