continued He said he’s not worried about the number of candidates he’ll face in the primary election.
“I’ll be able to demonstrate to the voters that I’m the best fit for this district. I’m really looking forward to meeting people and putting my record out there,” said Nichols.
Frazier has early endorsements from Reilly and Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan and that early support played a big part in his decision to throw his hat in the ring.
“Mainly, when Bob called me to tell me that he was going to retire and at the end of the conversation encouraged me to fill his seat, told me he believed I had what it took,” said Frazier. “I’ve been a big part of his campaign team over the years so that conversation was really a life changing conversation for me.”
Frazier, who most recently worked under Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, said education was the No.1 issue for him.
“I think the No.1 function of government is to provide quality education for our kids and prepare our kids for the next step,” said Frazier.
Education goes right along with economic development, the second biggest issue on his radar.
“We’ve seen in the last few years investments that the Assembly had made and previous governors had made in the field of high tech and nanotechnology. We’ve seen those seeds that were planted explode,” said Frazier. “To continue to cultivate high tech job growth in the Capital Region goes hand in hand with making sure we’re in the schools teaching these kids and giving them the tools.”
Frazier said he welcomes the competition.
“The more the merrier. It’s an open process and everybody has the right to run,” said Frazier. “… I look forward to talking our case to the people of Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.”