June 16, 2012

Tarantino announces Assembly run

QUEENSBURY — Democrat Dennis Tarantino said Friday that he’s running against Republican Queensbury Town Supervisor Dan Stec for the 114th State Assembly District seat.

Tarantino said he plans an official announcement at a press conference later and won’t discuss his candidacy until then.

He previously ran for the Assembly in 2004 against incumbent Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro), who is retiring at the end of the year.

Tarantino has endorsements from the county Democratic committees in Essex, Warren, Saratoga and Washington counties.

The new 114th Assembly District includes all of Warren and Essex, as well as northern Washington and northern Saratoga, counties.

Essex County Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Montgomery-Corey couldn’t be reached Friday for comment on the race.

Tarantino is an attorney with offices in Glens Falls and has practiced law since 1975. He is a graduate of Siena College and Albany Law School.

Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas, a Democrat who chairs the Essex County Board of Supervisors, had considered running but decided to focus on town and county issues instead.

For a while, it looked like Stec would run unopposed, with several other announced Republican candidates dropping out before the June 5 start of circulating party designating petitions.

Stec said by email that he didn’t mind Tarantino’s entry into the race, since both parties will now be represented in the November election.

“I welcome (Tarantino) to the campaign trail. I also welcome the thought of having the support of so many Republican, Independence and Conservative (party) people. The personal backing of Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward to replace her is so gratifying.”

Because only one candidate from each party is running, there will be no primary for the Assembly post, and Stec and Tarantino will face off in the general election.

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