Jay 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.”