Democrats in the Amherst-based 146th Assembly District on Wednesday nominated attorney Karen M. McMahon as their candidate against Republican incumbent Raymond W. Walter in November.
The move ends the potential for a Democratic primary featuring Susan J. Grelick after the former Amherst supervisor said Thursday that the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the Senate prompts her to remain as counsel to Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who could become the chamber’s next majority leader.
Grelick earlier this year had told supporters she was considering the race against Walter, then withdrew, was back in again, and is now out again.
"Things have changed in the Senate," she said Thursday. "It would be very exciting and I hope Sen. Stewart-Cousins becomes majority leader. I want to stay with Sen. Stewart-Cousins."
Now McMahon appears poised to mount a strong challenge to Walter, another attorney who won by a slim margin in his 2016 re-election bid. McMahon has worked for 30 years as a law clerk to Appellate Division judges and to the late U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin.
"As an attorney and as a mother of three daughters who is deeply concerned about how national political trends will affect the future of all New Yorkers, I intend to be a strong voice in Albany for this district and the people of Western New York," she said. "Whether it’s the economy, education, the environment, or the rights of women to stand as equal citizens in every way, we have a lot of work to do, and I can’t wait to get started."
A Buffalo native and longtime Williamsville resident, McMahon earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University at Buffalo. She and her husband, Jeff, maintain a private law practice that represents parents of children with special educational needs.