John T. McDonald III

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John McDonald III
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New York State Assembly District 108
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPharmaceutical Sciences from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1985
Office website
Campaign website
John T. McDonald III is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 108. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

McDonald served as the Mayor of the City of Cohoes from 2000-2012.


McDonald earned his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1985.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McDonald served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Mental Health
Real Property Taxation
Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development


Campaign themes


McDonald's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Protecting and Expanding the Rights of Women

  • Excerpt: "I understand how important it is to protect women’s rights. I value a woman’s right to choose and believe reproductive health is a private issue between a woman and her doctor. At our family pharmacy, I’ve made sure that women have access to pre-natal and pregnancy care, as well as, the full range of contraception—including emergency contraception. It is essential for women to get equal pay for equal work and we must do all we can as a community and a society to stop violence against women."

Revitalize our neighborhoods and business districts by attracting and retaining businesses

  • Excerpt: "We need to continue to expand neighborhood stabilization programs and encourage home ownership in our neighborhoods. Additionally, we need to expand programs such as the New York Main Street Program to include funding support for those who want to start a business. This will lead to expansion of our tax base and revitalization of our historic downtowns [sic] and neighborhood retail districts."

Address the statewide imbalance in education funding

  • Excerpt: "It is my intent to fight to make sure education aid is distributed fairly and proportionately. Having been married to a teacher for almost two decades and being closely involved with the Cohoes City School District, I am understand what goes on inside and outside the classroom. It is incumbent upon all of us to provide the resources to help our youth reach their maximum potential in our education system."


  • Excerpt: "I am committed to working to ensure the financial security of our seniors. Whether it is property taxes, health care costs or elder care, we need to protect our seniors on all fronts as they have paid their dues during their time in the workplace and deserve the best in their "Golden Years"."

Create secure and sustainable middle class jobs

  • Excerpt: "With the arrival of Global Foundries, continued growth of SUNY Nanotech, RPI Tech Park, and SUNY Albany East, we have the proper elements in place to provide a pipeline for tomorrow's jobs. Additionally, we are fortunate to have 18 universities in our immediate area allowing the opportunity for many of our underprivileged to acquire an affordable college education. These educational opportunities will lead to future economic prosperity for them and their families."



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent John T. McDonald III was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Carl Gottstein, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. McDonald ran on the Independence Party of New York State and Gottstein ran on the Conservative Party and LAJ-Law and Justice tickets. McDonald defeated Gottstein in the general election.[3][4][5]

New York State Assembly, District 108 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn T. McDonald III Incumbent 73.5% 17,884
     Republican Carl Gottstein, Jr. 26.5% 6,450
Total Votes 24,334


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

McDonald ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 108. McDonald defeated Carolyn McLaughlin -- who also ran on the Working Families Party ticket -- and Brian Scavo in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He defeated Carolyn McLaughlin and James Campbell (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 108, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn T. McDonald, III 76.3% 28,197
     Working Families Party Carolyn McLaughlin 20.7% 7,646
     Libertarian James Campbell 3% 1,117
Total Votes 36,960
New York State Assembly, District 108 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McDonald III 55.2% 5,045
Carolyn McLaughlin 44.8% 4,094
Total Votes 9,139

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for John McDonald is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, John McDonald raised a total of $145,600 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[9]

John McDonald's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 108 Won $145,600
Grand Total Raised $145,600


John McDonald won election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, John McDonald raised a total of $145,600.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John T. McDonald III's campaign in 2012
McDonald for Mayor$13,078
Pharmacists Society of the State of New York$8,200
McDonald, John$5,400
McDonald, John T$5,000
McDonald III, John T$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$145,600
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014.[10]

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In 2014, McDonald's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Empire State Pride Agenda
  • New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV)
  • New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

  • Public Employees Federation (PEF)
  • Matthew Klein, Chairman, Albany County Democratic Committee
  • Paul Caputo, Chairman, Albany County Independence Party
  • Gil Ethier, Chairman, Cohoes Democratic Committee
  • Sean Ward, Chairman, Green Island Democratic Committee


McDonald and his wife, Renee, have four children.

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Preceded by
Steven McLaughlin (R)
New York Assembly District 108
Succeeded by