Democrats crowd 21st District race

"I believe it is evident that the typical politics-as-usual is not working," he said in his speech. "We do not need any more career politicians. Instead, we need people with real experience in creating and building things " and getting real results."

The big name from Schenectady County, former assemblyman and NYSERDA CEO Paul Tonko, who has been rumored to run and publicly encouraged to do so by several area Democrats, has yet to make an announcement. Some political insiders believe that Schenectady Democrats are holding off on an endorsement until Tonko decides.

Retiring Congressman Michael McNulty announced in the fall that he would step down, and since then, candidates slowly have begun to trickle in, with Colonie Democratic Chairman Phil Steck announcing first in December and Tracey Brooks announcing in early February.

Brooks, a former regional director for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said she is in it for the long haul.

"Just like she said when she first announced," said Brooks campaign spokesman Kyle Kotary. "She is running regardless of who gets in it, and she is running to win."

Kotary said that Brooks is running on "change and on the right priorities." He said she would be looking to invest in jobs and the local economy if elected. Brooks has picked up some big-name endorsements, and has also picked up the only union endorsement thus far " the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union.

"She is the only candidate so far who can say she has major politicians backing her, a union endorsement, and has campaigned in all seven counties," said Kotary.

Although McNulty has yet to back a candidate, both his sister and his father have. Albany County Democratic patriarch Jack McNulty and Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan have both endorsed Brooks.

Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings also gave a thumbs-up to Brooks on Monday, announcing his endorsement along with other Albany City Common Council members.

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