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Saratoga Democratic committee chairman stepping down

After a decade as chairman of the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, Larry Bulman announced he will step down at the end of June. First Vice Chairman Todd Kerner of Clifton Park will take his spot.

I think Larry's done a great job, won a lot of races in the county, and we'll sorely miss him and his leadership, said Kerner.

Bulman will be leaving his post to run for international representative for the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters.

"My general president asked me to run because he told me I'd likely be his pick for national director of legislative and political affairs, which is just a wonderful opportunity for me," said Bulman, who currently serves as business manager for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 773.

From his first foray into politics, Bulman has been surprising people. In 1997, he ran for a Council seat in the Town of Moreau. Everyone told him he'd lose but he proved them all wrong when he became the first democratic councilman ever elected.

Since then, Bulman has been helping other democratic candidates navigate the republican-heavy county and recorded several key victories.

"My proudest achievement is knowing I helped build a strong two party system in Saratoga County," said Bulman. "That was something it lacked and people deserve a choice."

Bulman can recall just about every major political victory he has played a part in. In 2004, Bob Reilly was elected to the New York State Assembly. In 2005, Bulman said democrats swept every office in Saratoga Springs and Mechanicville. He hails helping Preston Jenkins and Patti Southworth secure supervisor positions in the Town of Moreau and Town of Ballston, respectively. Bulman considers it his greatest accomplishment to have helped Kirsten Gillibrand get elected a U.S. Senator.

"It was certainly the highlight of my career when Gillibrand was elected to represent the residents of New York 20th District," said Bulman.

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