SCHENECTADY COUNTY — Brendan Savage, the Siena College student who was planning a Democratic bid for a seat on the Schenectady City Council, will be running for an open seat on the Schenectady County Legislature instead.
Savage, who is the son of former Schenectady County Legislature chairwoman Susan Savage, confirmed Tuesday he will be running for County Legislature instead of the City Council, where the Democratic field is becoming crowded. He lives in Legislative District 1, from which Democratic Legislator Peggy King is not seeking re-election.
“As a County Legislature candidate, my message would remain the same: Focus on the neighborhoods,” Savage said on Tuesday.
There are as many as 10 candidates now interested in being appointed to one of the two vacancies on the City Council, he said, although there will be five City Council seats up for election in the fall. “In weighing my options, I realized it would be difficult to get my message of neighborhood revitalization across in a crowded primary with an extremely large field of candidates,” he said in a text message.
“County government has, and will continue to play, a major role in the revitalization of Schenectady,” he said. “I believe I can make the biggest difference for the people of the city of Schenectady advocating for them at the county level.”
Savage, 21, is scheduled to graduate from Siena College later this year, after having taken a semester off last year to campaign for now-President Joe Biden.
He will be meeting Thursday night with the County Democratic Executive Committee. There is at least one other Democratic candidate, Omar McGill, interested in the County Legislature opening.