Dan Stec, leading G.O.P candidate for the region’s state Assembly seat, discusses an economic development issue during a recent Warren County committee meeting. Tuesday April 10, Stec reflected on his campaign’s recent progress, following the exit of Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood from the race to succeed Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.
Dan Stec’s campaign to claim the state Assembly seat now held by Teresa Sayward gained momentum this week following the exit of fellow candidate Evelyn Wood of Thurman, the leading G.O.P. candidate reported.
Tuesday, Stec said he was headed to a town board meeting in Keene after a visit to Moriah that would include a visit with town supervisor and veteran politician Thomas Scozzafava, a candidate for the seat until early last month.
“So far, we’ve had an incredibly positive reception, and we’re meeting a lot of people around the district and listening to a lot of their individual issues,” Stec said. “We’re trying to be as prepared as possible, not only for this campaign, but we’ll put this knowledge to work in Albany, if I’m elected.”
About 10 days ago, Stec visited a town board meeting in Chesterfield, mingling with the public and talking issues with town Supervisor Jerry Morrow. The same day, he visited a town board workshop in Keene and greeted local officials and citizens.
After two trips this week to Essex County, Stec plans on returning to Washington and Saratoga counties for more meet-and-greet and fact-finding sessions.
April 3, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood announced that she’d withdrawn her candidacy after Stec lined up a flurry of endorsements, and other candidates had few, if any. As of early this week, the sole G.O.P. candidate left in the race other than Stec was former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan.
The Assembly district presently includes all of Warren and Essex counties, and parts of northern Saratoga and northern Washington counties. The G.O.P. committees of these four counties have all endorsed Stec.
He’s also won the endorsements of the Conservative party committees of Warren and Essex counties as well as the nod from the state Independence Party.
The momentum of Stec’s candidacy and a variety of other factors, Wood 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 rural Adirondack heritage and experience with Adirondack issues.
Stec said April 10 he not only gained a broad knowledge of Adirondack issues during his many years in office, but he’s dedicated to learning more in the coming months so he can be armed with knowledge and respond to Adirondackers’ concerns.
“There’s a lot concern around the district about the prevailing business climate, governmental mandates and regulatory climate,” Stec said. “These topics are similar, town-to-town, but each municipality has its own particular challenges.”
Stec, who’s the chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, praised Wood’s role in county government and her accomplishments during her 15 months in office.
Stec and other supervisors had heard about her hard work, particularly in the aftermath of the Memorial Day flooding calamity in her town, and he rewarded her with the chairmanship of the influential county Public Safety Committee. April 10, Stec talked about Wood’s abilities.
“She’s certainly a strong supervisor in Warren County, and I have a lot of respect for her — and I respect her decision to drop out of the race,” he said. “Evelyn’s got a bright future ahead of her.”
“She’s done a lot of good for her town, and I know she’ll continue to,” he continued, noting Wood’s efforts to obtain flood recovery funding and her campaign to have broadband extended through her mountainous, remote town.
Meanwhile, Stec said he was eager to meet with as many district constituents as possible.
“We’re a month into the campaign, and just getting rolling,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed by the strong, positive reception across the district — there’s a lot of momentum and excitement to the campaign.”