There are four candidates running for the 138th Assembly seat, which is currently held by Harry Bronson.
At a time of heightened voter distrust in Albany and intense scrutiny, Allison Warren asked the two Republican candidates why they feel they’re right for the job.
The 138th Assembly district contains parts of Rochester, plus Chili and Henrietta. The district has been known as a Democrat strong hold, but two local Republicans are hoping to change that.
“I think it not going red is a bit of a myth,” said Peter Vazquez. “And I’m not trying so much to make it red, I’m just trying to do the right thing.”
“I think the combination of my soft heart and some of my fiscally conservative views is a great mix for this district,” Robert Zink said.
Peter Vazquez and Bob Zinck are looking to replace Democratic incumbent Harry Bronson in Albany. Both tell me it’s time for their district to make a change in leadership.
“I think he’s a status quo, going along with what the majority leader in the State Assembly wants done.” Zinck said. “Those days of three men in a room should be gone.”
“It’s not so much that I’m running against Harry or Harry is doing anything wrong, because I do believe he believes what he believes in,” said Vazquez. “I’m running against the philosophy that has proven to be wrong.”
And that philosophy is what the candidates say has cost New York dearly, as numerous businesses and jobs have left the state.
“The number one thing we need to focus on, I believe, is lowering taxes, making New York State a business friendly state,” Vazquez said. “But it’s not just about bringing business in. We have a lot of creativity, a lot of innovation here in Rochester. We also need to simplify the process of starting a business, make it less expensive.”
A small business owner himself, Zinck says he’s seen the state get in the way of job creation.
Citing what he calls failed programs like Start-Up New York, Zinck agrees with Vazquez that it’s time for lawmakers to stop interfering.
“These businesses will succeed if government, for the most part, can get out of the way,” Zinck said. “The regulations and rules these small businesses face, plus the tax burdens, make it very difficult.”
Both candidates touted their personal experience as something they can bring to Albany. Vazquez has run for this seat before, but lost to Bronson in 2012 and 2014.
Tune into News 8 tomorrow to hear from incumbent Harry Bronson, as well as his Democratic opponent Rachel Barnhart.