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Douglas opts out of NY-21 race

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas is joined by wife Peggy as he was sworn in for his fifth term as Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman by County Clerk Joseph Provoncha Jan. 6.

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas is joined by wife Peggy as he was sworn in for his fifth term as Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman by County Clerk Joseph Provoncha Jan. 6. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Last year, Randy Douglas turned down the chance to run for state assembly.

This year, its a potential run for Congress that he has declined.

Douglas, the Jay Supervisor and chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, announced Feb. 4 that he would not be seeking the NY-21 seat, currently held by Plattsburgh’s Bill Owens, who has announced he will not seek re-election.

“The idea of it intrigued me, I felt that I could offer a lot of common sense and looked forward to bringing Democrats, Republicans and Independents together for the greater good of our country,” Douglas said. “It was a tough decision for me, however at this time, I do not feel that running for this position is in the best interest of my family I would like to thank everyone who reached out to me and encouraged me to run. Your faith in me was greatly appreciated.”

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