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139th Assembly District Race: Incumbent vs. Newcomer

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Rochester: 139th Assembly District Race: Incumbent vs. Newcomer
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Our coverage of Decision 2010 moved to the 139th Assembly District, which represents Orleans County, parts of Genesee, Monroe and Niagara counties.

In his own words, Chris Barons believes the biggest issue facing New York State, "Would be partisanship." Barons is a Democratic candidate for the 139th Assembly District.

Barons lives in Bergen, Genesee County and is a member of the Green party running on the Democratic line of the ballot.

"Partisanship is a disease in New York State. Right now, it's a stage four," Barons said.

Barons, a self proclaimed political "outsider" says he's self-funded his campaign, going door-to-door talking with voters in the 139th Assembly District about the issues.

"I've gone to little hamlets that don't even exist on the map anymore and the message is the same,"Barons said. "People are fed up."

Barons believes in what he calls "sustainable communities."

"We don't need micro-management; we need micro-governement. There is a lot of talk about consolidating our smaller communities and governments. I don't agree with that," Barons said.

Some political races have been acrimonious this year. Not so much in the 139th where Barons calls incumbent Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley a "nice guy."

"Nothing about Steve Hawley aggravates me that much," Barons said.

Hawley has represented the 139th Assembly District since 2006 and hopes to continue that role in January.

"I'll actually be serving with my fourth governor in less than five years," said Hawley, a Republican candidate.

Hawley, who lives in Batavia, Genesee County said Albany spends money it doesn't have.

"We need to make sure that our government operates every single day in our businesses," Hawley said. "Unfortunately, those businesses are leaving us as rapidly as the sun comes up and comes down because of taxes, fees and mandates."

He owns an insurance company in the city of Batavia and says big government needs to take a back seat.

"We need a different philosophy. We need a philosophy of less government and less interference in our lives and the ability to make a living," Hawley said.

Hawley says in his nearly five years in state government, the biggest frustration is what he sees at the upstate versus downstate battle.

"There are 65 percent of the people that live downstate versus our 35 percent. Our ways of life are different than theirs. But there is one thing that we have in common. That is, we need our government to survive, providing jobs for our citizens," Hawley said.

Voters in the district will decide on Tuesday whether to send the incumbent or the challenger to Albany in January.

According to the New York State Board of Elections campaign finance reports, Hawley has received nearly $34,000 in contributions and spent a little more than $16,000 since the first of the year. There are no contributions or expenses reported for Barron's campaign during that time frame.

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