CELORON – Incumbent Republican Andy Goodell easily dispatched Democratic challenger Judith Einach on Election Night Tuesday to retain his position as the 150th District Representative in the New York State Assembly.
Goodell defeated Einach, 69.01 percent to 30.96 percent. Goodell received 28,133 votes, while Einach garnered 12,261.
In an interview with WNYNewsNow during the Chautauqua County Republican Party at the Celoron Legion, Goodell said he’s looking forward to continue serving the residents of Chautauqua County.
“I look forward to representing residents in Chautauqua County on the floor of the Assembly,” Goodell said. “I very much appreciate their confidence in my ability to make sure our voice is heard as we push forward on legislation that, hopefully, will make it more business friendly, reducing taxes, cutting the cost of health insurance, and really laying the foundation for Chautauqua County to grow and prosper.”
Goodell said he was happy to see how Sheriff-elect James Quattrone (R) fared in his defeat of incumbent Joe Gerace.
“I was very pleased to see how Jim Quattrone did across the county,” Goodell said. “He ran a very strong, positive campaign. Obviously, he had the endorsement of all the police agencies across the county, which was huge, in my opinion.”
“Sheriff (Joe) Gerace had a very positive record, a lot to be proud of, he’s accomplished a lot. I think it was just a sense we’re ready for new leadership and new energy….I think we’re going to see a lot more teamwork, a lot closer cooperation among the police agencies and, ultimately, that will mean much safer communities for all of us.”
Goodell was originally elected in 2010 after defeating Democrat Nancy Gay Bargar. He’s also defeated Democrats Rudy Mueller (2012), Barry E. Yochum (2014), and Jason A. Perdue (2016).
Goodell has yet to face a challenger in a Republican primary.
WNYNewsNow was unable to obtain comment from Einach at the Democrat’s viewing party at the Labyrinth Cafe in Jamestown.