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Whalen decides not to run for County Executive

It was a very short-lived candidacy.

After media reports of her Republican candidacy for Albany County Executive appeared on Friday, May 20, Jennifer Whalen announced on Saturday, May 21, that she would not be in the running.

Whalen, a Colonie resident and real estate broker who ran against Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Newtonville, for the 109th Assembly District back in November, said she had been seriously considering running for Albany County Executive but wants to focus on a chance to join the New York State Legislature.

I was considering running because of the great race I ran against Bob Reilly and I had a really excellent experience, she said. "But I really want to finish what I started with the legislature. I want to run for the Assembly or Senate. That is really where my hear lies at this juncture."

She came within 600 votes of beating Reilly.

Whalen also cited reasons such as running her own real estate brokerage company, The Whalen Group, and a very active family schedule to tend to. She said it was tough to run such a grueling race so soon after the race for the 109th Assembly seat, forcing her to miss time with her kids last summer.

"I have a very busy family life," she said. "My children play lacrosse and little league. I was at the fields for six hours on Saturday. So I have to tend to my family as well."

Albany County GOP Chairman Don Clarey told other media over the weekend that Whalen was a definite candidate and that the committee had begun lining up pledges for her. Whalen said she never issued any statements that she was running.

"I was considering, that was it," she said. "There are many candidates that are still in that stage, a lot of candidates."

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