Assemblyman Roy Freiman wouldn’t rule out challenging State Sen. Kip Bateman in 2021, but the first term Assemblyman said his political energy was focused on his own reelection race in November.
“I happen to like Kip very, very much. I have a great relationship with him,” Freiman said. “I will tell you, god’s honest truth is, I’m focused on this November.”
The 16th legislative district, along with the second legislative district, is one of only two districts in the state with split-party representation, and it’s not getting any more Republican.
Freiman’s running mate, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, won his first term over former Republican Assemblywoman Donna Simon by a mere 78 votes. He was reelected in 2017, again beating Simon only this time, the margin was 4,559 votes. Freiman was elected that same year by 3,673 votes.
Bateman’s margin was far slimmer that year. He won by 574 votes in 2017. In 2013, he won by a margin of 11,875 votes.
Still, those trends are nascent and a lot can happen between Feb. 11 and Nov. 5.
“I’m focusing on this November because anything else would be focusing on the wrong thing right now,” Freiman said.