Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas, here being sworn in as the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, has decided not to run for the New York State Assembly 113th District.
Randy Douglas will not be running for New York State Assembly.
The Jay Democrat Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman announced March 22 that he would not be seeking the 113th District seat, which currently belongs to former Willsboro Supervisor Teresa Sayward. She announced her retirement effective at the end of this year.
“It was tough, very tough,” Douglas said. “It was something that definitely interested me, but I just didn’t feel right with the town in the current shape that it is in and recovery from Tropical Storm Irene still going on.”
Douglas also said that family played a large roll in his decision.
“Shane is still in high school, so that was a huge part,” he said. “We went on our vacation last week, and the whole time it was weighing on my mind and I really didn’t get a chance to enjoy my time away. It is a sense of relief for both myself and family.”
The supervisor said that he had spent a long night at work recently when he came to the decision not to run.
“I got home at about 2 a.m. and woke up my wife to tell her I made up my mind,” Douglas said. “The next morning, I got my staff together and told them what I was going to do.”
He said that the decision was one of the toughest he had made politically, but that he felt it was the right one for his family, town and Essex County.
“I realize that running for assembly, if I was successful, would allow me to help Essex County on a higher level, but at this point in time, I just couldn’t leave the job unfinished,“ Douglas said. “I didn’t want to back out on any of these people.
“If I were to have run, the race would have been grueling,” Douglas continued. “I know that I could have both run and done my job as supervisor, but it would have put a lot of pressure on my staff, the town board and the town employees. I did not want to do that to my people.”
Douglas said that he appreciated the support that he received during the decision making process, as well as the fact that the support came from all side of the political spectrum.
“There was a lot of encouragement from both parties,” Douglas said. “I appreciate all the support, but the timing is just not right.”
Essex County Democratic Party Chair and Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey said that she had mixed feelings about the announcement.
“Well, I am disappointed because I thought he would have made a tremendous candidate,” Corey said. “At the same point, he is a tremendous chairman for Essex County and we will continue to be directed under his leadership.”
Corey said that they will continue to seek a candidate for the assembly post now that Douglas has withdrawn his name from consideration.
As for the person he would have sought to replace, Sayward said she felt Douglas would have made a fine candidate and representative.
"He is compassionate and he cares about everyone without thinking about party line or anything else," Sayward said. "I support his decision because he wanted to stay and help his town. Where do you find someone who cares like that? He certainly is the ideal person to have in politics."
Sayward said that she would be looking to back a candidate in the next week.
Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec is the most likely choice, as he ha picked up the endorsement of every county Republican committee in what may soon be the 114th district, once new maps are finalized by the state.
Douglas was elected to the position of Jay Supervisor in 2004 and has been the vice chair and chair of the county board.