LAKE PLACID - Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward's announcement last week that she won't seek another term has potential candidates weighing their options.
On Friday, Queensbury town Supervisor Dan Stec told the Enterprise he's interested in running for the seat, assuming redistricting keeps Warren County in the same district. Stec, a Republican, was in Lake Placid to testify before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council.
Stec, who is also chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, said he's not "as on the fence" as other potential candidates, like Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas and Moriah town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava. He said he's "leaning" toward a run.
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, testifies before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Council on Friday in Lake Placid. Stec told the Enterprise he’s interested in running for Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward’s seat.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
Meanwhile, the Post-Star newspaper reports that former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan and Thurman town Supervisor Evelyn Wood, both Republicans, are also "seriously considering the race."
Stec said he first expressed interest in the Assembly seat 10 years ago when then-Assemblywoman Betty Little left for the state Senate.
"I'm 43 years old, so 10 years ago I was 33 years old," Stec said. "I was a councilman; I wasn't even the town supervisor of Queensbury yet. And I was basically encouraged, in a very polite way by several people, to get some more experience. I was a little wet behind the ears."
Stec, who is in his fifth term as town supervisor, is one of the longer tenured supervisors. He said he loves government and New York state.
"Our state has some issues and problems, but we've got strengths, too, and we need to find a way to do that," Stec said. "I really think we've turned a corner in New York state politics as far as the partisanship (is concerned). I mean, it's still there, but I think the people are tired of it and the elected officials are starting to get that understanding and they're starting to act on it.
"But there's more to be done. If I can serve in a different or larger role and help more people and make a bigger impact, I'm interested in that."
Scozzafava, a Republican, and Douglas, a Democrat, both said last week they will consult with friends and family before making final decisions.