ELIZABETHTOWN — With no incumbent, the race for the 114th Assembly District is up for grabs on Election Day.
Republican Daniel “Dan” Stec of Queensbury is facing Democrat Dennis “Den” Tarantino of Queensbury to see who will serve the district, which will now include all of Essex and Warren counties as well as the northern sections of Saratoga and Washington counties.
The district was renumbered and its boundaries changed this year through statewide redistricting.
The incumbent, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro), is not running for re-election, having announced her retirement for the end of the year.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Both candidates answered questions from the Press-Republican and talked about their plans if they’re elected.
What is the biggest issue in the district and what will you do about it if elected?
Stec: “The biggest issue to me is jobs — and the lack of them. This is what I will make my top priority if elected to the Assembly, and I will continue to push my three-point plan.
“The first is to review and revise state policies and regulations that unduly burden the job creators and discourage business expansion and hiring. Now is not the time to drastically increase the minimum wage, as has been proposed.
“In speaking with business owners and leaders of our chambers of commerce, this idea — while sounding good — actually is a job killer. It would do more harm than good, eliminating jobs, placing more people in unemployment and further clogging social-services programs.
“It would also increase the costs of goods and services. It would cripple many small businesses, particularly in the retail, agriculture and tourism sectors — three key industries in our Assembly District.”
The Adirondack Park Agency and its land-use regulations also need revision and simplification, Stec said.