A second Republican has entered the race to succeed state Assemblyman Bob Oaks.
Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw is running for state Assembly. He has been involved in politics since 2004, when he was elected village trustee. After a four-year term as a trustee, he successfully ran for mayor. He has been the top executive in the village for nearly a decade.
Fremouw has worked with Oaks, R-Macedon, for several years. When he heard the longtime assemblyman wouldn't seek re-election, he considered a run for state Legislature.
"I just thought it would be a good next step — a way that I could continue to help not just our community but all the communities within the 130th district," he said.
If elected to the state Assembly, Fremouw wants to continue working on some of the same issues that have been priorities for Oaks. His focus will be on economic development, changing the state's Medicaid system, address high water levels along Lake Ontario and secure state funding to fix dilapidated houses.
While Fremouw has lived in Wayne County his entire life, he is familiar with the other parts of the 130th district. The district includes all of Wayne County, the northern towns in Cayuga County and three towns in western Oswego County.
Fremouw said he has family and friends in Cayuga and Oswego counties. And he has worked with mayors in the nearby counties on various issues.
Outside of his government roles, Fremouw works as a mechanic for the Clyde-Savannah school district. He occasionally fills in as a bus driver when needed.
"I'm blue collar," he said. "I work every day to make sure I can support my family. I have the same troubles and tribulations that every family in New York state has."
With Oaks not running again, there has been plenty of interest in the 130th district race. Another candidate, Brian Manktelow, launched his campaign shortly after Oaks' announcement. Manktelow, who serves as town supervisor in Lyons, is also seeking the Republican nomination.
One Democrat, Scott Comegys, has entered the race.
Fremouw is hopeful that voters, not party leaders, will decide who succeeds Oaks on the Republican line. If there are multiple candidates seeking the party's nomination, he supports having a primary to determine who will get the nod.
"I'm for a primary," he said. "A primary doesn't have to cost anybody a ton of money."
If a primary is necessary, it will be held Thursday, Sept. 13.