John T. McDonald III
|John McDonald III|
|New York State Assembly District 108|
|January 1, 2013 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Per diem||$172/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||Pharmaceutical Sciences from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1985|
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.
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|
McDonald's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
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.
|New York State Assembly, District 108 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||John T. McDonald III Incumbent||73.5%||17,884|
|Republican||Carl Gottstein, Jr.||26.5%||6,450|
- 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.
|New York State Assembly, District 108, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John T. McDonald, III||76.3%||28,197|
|Working Families Party||Carolyn McLaughlin||20.7%||7,646|
|New York State Assembly, District 108 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|John McDonald III||55.2%||5,045|
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.
|John McDonald's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New York State Assembly, District 108||$145,600|
|Grand Total Raised||$145,600|
2012John 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 T||$5,000|
|McDonald III, John T||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$145,600|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2014, McDonald's endorsements included the following:
McDonald and his wife, Renee, have four children.
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. McDonald,” accessed August 1, 2014
- McDonald for Assembly, "Issues," accessed October 10, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "McDonald III, John T" accessed September 25, 2013
- State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
- McDonald for Assembly, "Endorsements," accessed October 10, 2014
Steven McLaughlin (R)
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