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Justin R. Wagner

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Justin Wagner
Former candidate for
New York State Senate, District 40
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Justin Wagner was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 40 of the New York State Senate.

This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, which amounts to 4.8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of nine districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were eight districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections.


Campaign themes


Wagner's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Jobs For New York

  • Excerpt: "For instance, Justin believes this is the wrong time to be laying off teachers and neglecting the economic infrastructure in New York because the long-term health of the State’s economy requires an educated workforce and good roads and bridges. Justin also supports the ongoing Tappan Zee Bridge project, which will bring jobs to the area and re-build a critical link for our region. This crucial thoroughfare for the region has been neglected for too long."

Reform Albany

  • Excerpt: "The simple truth is that we as a State will never produce the necessary solutions to the challenges our State faces in education, infrastructure and the economy without first reforming the way government in Albany works. The residents of the Hudson Valley want a State Senator who will fight for real reform, and Justin will be that Senator. Justin believes the foundation of a government that works for the people is an election system that is honest, open and holds its elected leaders accountable."


  • Excerpt: "The importance of quality educators to our children’s success cannot be overstated. Because teacher quality is a leading indicator of student success, Justin proposes the use of state-owned land to create a new and elite state-of-the-art teacher’s university in New York. Similar to what New York City is attempting to do in attracting an elite math and science college, the State can offer tax incentives and partner with private universities and private sector actors to share and control costs of the project. The goal would be to create the country’s most elite university for educating teachers and then to keep those teachers here in New York working with our children."


  • Excerpt: "Justin opposes hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the process by which natural gas is extracted by blasting any number of chemicals deep within the earth to rupture shale and release natural gas, in New York State at this time. Based on the track record of fracking in Pennsylvania and other states, Justin believes the potential impacts of fracking on water quality, including contamination, are simply too great."

Property Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Justin strongly supports legislative efforts to bring property tax relief to homeowners. This could be done by expanding the current STAR exemption for taxpayers or implementing a “circuit breaker” approach that would cap the amount of property taxes paid by an individual at a certain percentage of their income. Justin believes slowing the growth of property tax increases is not enough; New York’s homeowners need real reductions in their property tax burden."



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Justin R. Wagner was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Terrence P. Murphy defeated Robert Castelli in the Republican primary. Wagner ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Murphy ran on the Conservative Party, SCC-StopCommon Core, Green Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Murphy defeated Wagner in the general election.[2][3][4]

The New York State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, or 4.8 percent of the chamber. District 40 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia, and as a battleground district that could determine control of the New York State Senate. In this open seat, Yorktown Councilman Terrence P. Murphy (R) defeated Justin R. Wagner (D) in the general election. In 2012, Wagner was narrowly defeated by former incumbent Greg Ball (R) by a margin of victory of 2 percent. According to filings as of October 2014, Senate Republicans spent $350,000 in the race, the most on any one candidate. In comparison, Senate Democrats only spent $94,000.[5][6]

New York State Senate District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerrence P. Murphy 53.2% 46,884
     Democratic Justin R. Wagner 43% 37,875
     None Blank 3.8% 3,323
     None Scattering 0.1% 69
Total Votes 88,151
New York State Senate, District 40 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTerrence P. Murphy 69.8% 4,566
Robert Castelli 30.2% 1,976
Total Votes 6,542


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Wagner ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 40. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012; he also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Wagner was defeated by incumbent Gregory R. Ball (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

New York State Senate, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Ball Incumbent 51% 64,991
     Democratic Justin R. Wagner 49% 62,325
Total Votes 127,316

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