QUEENSBURY 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April 3, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood announced that she’d withdrawn her candidacy after Stec lined up a flurry of endorsements, and other candidates had few, if any.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.