KEENE - Queensbury town Supervisor Dan Stec has made his Assembly bid official.
The Republican chair of the Warren County Board of Supervisors is no longer considering a run. He will run, he told a packed house Thursday evening at an Essex County Republican Committee mixer at the Baxter Mountain Tavern in Keene.
"The level of government experience that I've got right now is the best thing I can offer," he said.
Queensbury town Supervisor Dan Stec announces his Assembly candidacy at an Essex County Republican Committee mixer Thursday evening at the Baxter Mountain Tavern in Keene.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
Stec, 43, told the crowd that he's been a lifelong, loyal Republican. He said he's never run in a race where he wasn't the endorsed candidate.
"I respect the committee," he said. "I support this endorsement process. I respect it. I've never, ever run without the endorsement."
A lot of potential candidates have expressed a desire to run for the 113th Assembly District seat currently held by Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro. Sayward announced last week that she won't seek re-election.
Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas, Moriah town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, Thurman town Supervisor Evelyn Wood and former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan all plan to make a decision in the coming days. Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman may also jump into the race, but he's waiting for new congressional maps to be announced as he is also considering a third run for New York's 23rd Congressional District.
But Stec is the only one to make it official so far.
Meanwhile, another possible candidate emerged Thursday. Lorilee Sheehan, a teacher from Willsboro, told the Republican committee she wants to go to the Assembly to help communities that are still struggling to bounce back from the economic recession.
"This opportunity arose, and I think that I have something to offer," Sheehan said. "I'm still not totally committed, but I'm very strongly looking at it."
The 113th Assembly District wouldn't change much under current redistricting proposals. Most Republicans at last night's meeting believe the district will shed Hamilton County and pick up parts of Washington and Saratoga counties.