LAKE GEORGE — Lake George Village is quiet this time of year, but Daniel Stec’s (R - Queensbury) campaign headquarters was energized after the election results rolled in Nov. 6.
Stec beat Dennis Tarantino (D-Glens Falls), accumulating 27,644 votes to Tarantino’s 20,340, in the race for the 114th Assembly District, a seat being vacated at the end of the year by incumbent Teresa Sayward.
The race was fairly close in some of the district’s four counties, with Stec gathering 2,889 votes to Tarantino’s 2,187 in Washington County; 2,134 votes to Tarantino’s 1,306 in Saratoga County; 8,898 votes to Tarantino’s 6,276 in Essex County and 13,723 votes to Tarantino’s 10,571 in Warren County.
At about 11 p.m., Stec announced he had won to a group of supporters who had gathered at the Lake George Forum.
As Stec stood with his arm around Hillary, his wife of 21 years, he thanked everyone on his staff, and said he was particularly proud that he won despite being outspent two to one on his campaign.
“I am so proud of the positive campaign that we ran,” Stec said. “We were invited down into the mud numerous times, and we refused to go into the mud.”
Shortly after the announcement, Tarantino called Stec to congratulate him on his victory.
“I feel humbled by the outpouring of support from voters today,” Stec said. “Our democratic process is very important.”
Stec listed that pushing for New York state mandate relief, creating a better climate for job growth and making the state more business friendly are his top priorities.
As town supervisor of Queensbury, Stec said he liked being able to get to know his constituents on a personal level, but is welcoming the challenge of serving a larger region.
In essence, his local just got a little bit bigger.
“It’ll be great to now be working closely with all these town supervisors, the sheriffs and district attorneys in the other counties, and the people and the businesses,” Stec said. “There’s going to be business needs in Moriah and Ticonderoga, and environmental issues in the Adirondacks. Now, I’ll be the guy I’ve been calling before, I’ll be the one receiving those phone calls.”