Warren County Chairman Dan Stec speaks with people during the Essex County Republican Committee meeting March 21 in Elizabethtown.
At the moment, only two candidates remain to replace Teresa Sayward in the New York State Assembly.
After retiring 113th District Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward threw her support behind Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair and fellow Republican Dan Stec of Queensbury for what will now be the 114th District, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood announced that she would no longer be seeking the seat.
The announcement narrowed the once large field to Stec and former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan, who is also a Republican.
Sayward said that she felt Stec would be the candidate to best represent the interests of the district, which now includes all of Essex and Washington counties and well as parts of Warren and Saratoga counties.
“I have every confidence that he will carry on the important fight for families across Essex, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties to ensure Albany remains responsive to our community’s needs,” Sayward said. “He knows the issues, knows our region, and knows how crucial it is that our next assembly member be a strong, passionate and outspoken advocate for North Country families.”
Stec has picked up his party’s backing in each of the four counties represented by the new 114th, as well as several Conservative party endorsements.
Wood sent a notice April 3 to the Warren County Republican chairman officially declaring that she’d dropped out of the race.
The momentum of Stec’s candidacy and a variety of other factors, she said, prompted her to withdraw her candidacy.
Stec has been in public office for 16 years, compared to 15 months for Wood, who had run based on her deep local heritage and experience with Adirondack issues. She lives on a farm that has been worked by her family since the late 1700s, prior to the formation of Warren County.
She said she hopes that the successful candidate for the Assembly seat fully understands the concerns of Adirondackers and the hardships they endure.
"I hope that the next Assembly representative concentrates on the pressing issues here in the Adirondacks, like broadband access, job development, economic prosperity, and keeping our sons and daughters from leaving the area," she said April 3. "It is important to area families that their youth are able to stay here, work at good jobs, and are able to raise their families here."
Wood said that she is not ready to endorse any other candidate at this time, but may do so later on. She added that she hasn't lost interest in statewide political service.
"I will be keeping my eye on higher public offices in the future," she said.