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Douglas will not seek 113th assembly seat

‘Hardest political decision I have had to make’

Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas, here being sworn in as the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, has decided not to run for the New York State Assembly 113th District.

Jay Supervisor Randall Douglas, here being sworn in as the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, has decided not to run for the New York State Assembly 113th District. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Douglas said that he appreciated the support that he received during the decision making process, as well as the fact that the support came from all side of the political spectrum.

“There was a lot of encouragement from both parties,” Douglas said. “I appreciate all the support, but the timing is just not right.”

Essex County Democratic Party Chair and Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey said that she had mixed feelings about the announcement.

“Well, I am disappointed because I thought he would have made a tremendous candidate,” Corey said. “At the same point, he is a tremendous chairman for Essex County and we will continue to be directed under his leadership.”

Corey said that they will continue to seek a candidate for the assembly post now that Douglas has withdrawn his name from consideration.

As for the person he would have sought to replace, Sayward said she felt Douglas would have made a fine candidate and representative.

"He is compassionate and he cares about everyone without thinking about party line or anything else," Sayward said. "I support his decision because he wanted to stay and help his town. Where do you find someone who cares like that? He certainly is the ideal person to have in politics."

Sayward said that she would be looking to back a candidate in the next week.

Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec is the most likely choice, as he ha picked up the endorsement of every county Republican committee in what may soon be the 114th district, once new maps are finalized by the state.

Douglas was elected to the position of Jay Supervisor in 2004 and has been the vice chair and chair of the county board.

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