There will be a contest for the 114th Assembly Seat.
While he has not officially announced his candidacy, several reports have placed Democratic Queensbury lawyer Dennis Tarantino as his parties candidate for the seat, which is being vacated upon the retirement of current Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.
Tarantino has not been commenting on the stories that he is going to make a run for the state Assembly for a second time, having lost to Sayward in 2004.
“We believe that we have a candidate, but no one is ready to make any official announcements,” Essex County Democratic Committee Chair Sue Montgomery Corey said, not commenting on whether that candidate was Tarantino.
“We are looking forward to a great race, whoever the candidate is,” she added.
Currently, the only official candidate in the field to replace Sayward is another Queensbury resident, Republican Supervisor Dan Stec, who also chairs the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
After Sayward announced that she was retiring, Stec was joined by fellow GOP members Bob Reagan and Evelyn Wood. On the Democratic side, all eyes were on Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chair Randy Douglas, until he announced that he would not seek the position.
Since, there has been little word if the “blue party” would tab anyone for the race until the past week.
Essex County Republican Chairman Ron Jackson of Essex said that he knew there would be an eventual challenger for Stec to face in November.
“We knew that this would be a contested race from the beginning,” Jackson said. “If it is Dennis, he ran against Teresa in his first time around. I do not know him that well, but I do know Dan (Stec) and he will be an absolutely wonderful representative for the 114th district and for Essex County. He has been putting in the time and learning the issues and he has got the experience as a supervisor and county chair.”
Stec advisor Win Belanger said that he was “surprised” by the potential choice of Tarantino, but not the fact that the race could now be contested.
“It’s very fair to say that if they did not field a candidate, something was wrong with the system,” Belanger said.
Even though he has not officially entered the race, Tarantino has picked up the endorsement of his party in every county that lies within the 114th Assembly District, including Essex, Warren, Washington and Saratoga.
Tarantino currently has law offices in Glens Falls.