“It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was standing up here,” said Assemblyman Will Barclay as he introduced Renzi to the room full of supporters.
Earlier this year, Barclay battled Darrel Aubertine in a special election for the senate seat vacated by Jim Wright.
“Dave, I hope you have better luck than I did,” he quipped. “I’m sure you will!”
“We’re facing some huge issues in Albany,” he continued. “That’s why we’re thrilled to have Dave Renzi running. He’s going to provide strong leadership for us in Albany.”
“We’re bringing our campaign for change in Albany directly to the voters and residents of Oswego County,” said Renzi. “Over the next 96 days until Election Day, I plan to visit the communities and people of Oswego County, listen to your concerns and share my ideas on how we will make Albany more accountable and responsive to us.”
Renzi, a Watertown native, was accompanied by his wife, Jessica, and their sons, Eugene and Timmy.
The Oswego campaign headquarters, located at 121 E. First St., is the first to be opened by the Renzi campaign.
The office will be a central clearinghouse for citizens to visit and learn more about Renzi and volunteer to be part of his “Change Albany” campaign.
“I want to be a strong voice for the communities and residents of Oswego County, and I’ll deliver change and results — not excuses,” he vowed.
One of the drawbacks of Barclay’s race was the voters up north didn’t get to know him, he explained.
“Dave Renzi is well-known up in St. Lawrence and Jefferson County,” Barclay noted.
“It is important to gain back this seat, not only for this district but the state as a whole,” Renzi said. “Oswego County has been fantastic to me the first few months. You’ve worked so hard for me and I’m so honored that you’ve done that.”
The race is about real republican values, family values, lower taxes, and working hard to make sure energy rates are fair, Renzi said.
“Working together, we’re going to be able to get those things done,” he said.
This area needs to be treated fairly by Albany, and he will fight to see that happens, Renzi vowed.
The 48th Senate District includes Oswego and Jefferson counties and part of St. Lawrence County.