Race for 110th is crowded

— The 110th Assembly District race is getting crowded, with four candidates in the running and one in the wings.

Kevin Frazier, Tim Nichols and Phil Steck, all Democrats, have announced their intent to run and Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry, also a Democrat, said he’s “considering” it and that a decision will be made “in the near future.” Jennifer Whalen, the sole Republican candidate, has been endorsed by the Schenectady County GOP.

“Even though she is not a Schenectady person, we did endorse her,” said Jim Buhrmaster, Schenectady County Republican Committee chairman, adding there was nobody from the county interested in running.

The newly drawn 110th District includes the Towns of Colonie and Niskayuna and a portion of the City of Schenectady. The seat was vacated when Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Loudonville, who represented the 109th Assembly District pre-redistricting, announced he would not seek reelection. With the exception of Landry, all candidates reside in Colonie.

Albany County Democratic Committee Chairman Matthew Clyne said the number of candidates isn’t surprising.

“It’s a non-incumbent situation so you have a vacancy and any time you have a vacancy you’re going to have a larger pool of candidates,” said Clyne.

The Town of Colonie Democratic Committee has the task of endorsing a candidate and Chairman Richard Jacobson, also an Albany County legislator, said the committee is still sifting through the candidate pool.

Steck has served four terms on the county legislature and his hanging his hat on the fact that he has no state government experience.

“I pretty much come from the grassroots of the Democratic party. I never worked for the Assembly in any capacity or the Senate and I think that gives me an excellent perspective,” said Steck. “I think my loyalty will be solely to the voters.”

The issues of education and the county nursing home are high on Steck’s list of priorities to tackle at the state level.

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