Diane DiDonato-Roth, a realtor and member of the North Castle Town Council in Westchester County, will be entering the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democratic State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer.
“I’m going to be making a public statement in a few days,” Ms. DiDonato-Roth said to The Politicker this afternoon. “I’m not only filing, I’m going to win. I’m going to give this a 100% effort”
There is already a Republican candidate in the race, businessman Bob Cohen, who came extremely close to beating Ms. Oppenheimer in 2010, but Ms. DiDonato-Roth, who says she already has a campaign manager and a political consultant working on her behalf, says she’s ready to make this a race.
“I’m moving forward. I have a very strong campaign crew that’s backing me up,” she said. “I’m really excited. I have the money behind me to back me up.”
The proposed State Senate district lines, which make Ms. Oppenheimer’s district noticeably more Republican, also gave Ms. DiDonato-Roth confidence, as she indicated her high familiarity with all of the towns in the district.
“I grew up in Westchester all my life, I’m a Westchester person. Everybody knows that. I have a huge following in all of these communities.”
In the State Senate, Ms. DiDonato-Roth says she’ll work to carry on the same small-government objectives she pursued in the Town Council.
“I’m going to continue with the missions I did in the Town Council,” she continued. “Whatever we can do to bring business back into Westchester, I’m going to be standing right there.”
On the Democratic side, Assemblyman George Latimer has also indicated his interest in the race.
Update: Anthony Colavita, a Republican Eastchester town supervisor, is also considering the race.