continued Belanger said that when Sayward announced that she was stepping down from the assembly seat last month, he kept a watchful eye as candidates contemplated running for the post.
“I worked hard for the Assemblywoman to insure we were represented from someone in Essex County when Senator Little filled Senator Stafford’s post,” Belanger said. “I was committed personally and professionally to do that again when she announced her retirement, until the field became vacant of Essex candidates.”
Belanger said that his choice became clear after Essex County Republicans Thomas Scozzafava of Moriah and Lorilee Sheehan of Willsboro decided not to run for the post.
“It was very clear who would look after us up here in the North Country the way Teresa did,” Belanger said. “I called and offered my services to Dan Stec and I endorse him as a an individual in hopes the Essex County Republican Committee will follow suit.”
Belanger has also worked with Doug Hoffman, who last week said that he would be seeking endorsements for the 113th seat while continuing to contemplate a run for Congress.
“I have worked for Mr. Hoffman when he was a Congressional candidate and respect him and his message that he had for Congress, very much,” Hoffman said. “I do however feel, with the current field, that Dan is a much better candidate to represent Essex County and its issues at state level.”
Stec recently received the endorsement of the Saratoga Republican Committee. The Essex County Committee meets March 21 to decide its official endorsements.