And then there were four

— Andrews acknowledged the race will be a tough one but said she’s not worried about running in the predominantly Republican district, pointing out she was the first Democrat elected to her current position in 35 years.

Andrews got 2,164 signatures from the Democratic line and to date has raised over $26,000 for her campaign.

Gilbert is employed by New York State Higher Education and was a candidate for Town Board in his hometown of East Greenbush. He said in a statement he’s running because he believes he can better address issues of real importance to Conservatives and upstate families.

“I thank voters for their support and look forward to the coming campaign,” said Gilbert in a statement.

Gilbert also said he’d be focusing on the economy in Upstate, reducing the tax burden and creating and creating new jobs.

“The main issues facing New Yorkers are high taxes and job creation, not social issues that are put out to distract and confuse voters from the real issues,” he said.

Gilbert filed nominating petitions with almost 530 signatures, according to his campaign. A financial disclosure statement for his campaign due Monday, July 16, was not on the state’s database as of press time.

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