Omar Sterling McGill, a 30-year-old Schenectady native, on Wednesday announced he was running for a seat on the Schenectady County Legislature.
McGill, who grew up in Schenectady and now works as a staffer in the state Senate, in an interview emphasized the importance of representation – both of age and race – in the county legislature and highlighted his desire to serve as a role model to others in the community.
“The county legislature is a position where I feel as though not everyone has a voice, not everybody can look up at that body of government and see themselves there and feel included on the team,” he said. “And we need that.”
McGill, who lost in a run for the legislature in 2019, lauded the current “team” on the legislature and said if elected he would turn to current leaders to gain a better understanding of the challenges they’re facing and how he could best work to address them. He said he planned to meet with the Democratic county committee this week and hoped to earn its endorsement and a place on the Democratic party ballot line – something he didn’t have last time around.
He said he will have more time to campaign this year but said much of that will likely be done virtually as the pandemic continues to limit face-to-face interactions.
McGill currently lives in the Stockade and will run for District 1 seat on the legislature. He grew up in his grandma’s home in Vale Village before attending Morehouse College in Atlanta. He said he has always been devoted to public service and hopes he can show the generation behind him that they can too.
“I always want to aspire and inspire the next generation, that’s what I had coming up, I was able to see people that looked like me in a position to make change, and I want to be in that position for the next generation,” McGill.