A third Democratic candidate has entered the race for an open seat representing District 1 on the Schenectady County Legislature.
Dharam “Junior” Hitlall, a former member of the Schenectady Board of Education, on Wednesday notified Democratic party leaders of his intent to seek the seat being given up by Peggy King, who is not seeking re-election.
Hitlall, a 10-year city resident who lives in the Bellevue neighborhood, served six years on the city school board, from 2014 to 2020, and also was previously on the city’s Board of Assessment Review. He is owner of Benchmark Home Equities and a property manager for the Hodorowski Group.
“The experience I have I don’t think either of the other two candidates running has,” he said. “I want to help in any way I can in different communities in the county.”
The other announced candidates are Omar Sterling McGill, who works for the state Senate in Albany and is acting chairman of the county Human Rights Commission, and Brendan Savage, a politically active Siena College student.
Hitlall, 41, who is Guyanese, said he is also trying to increase the diversity of the County Legislature, of which 14 of its 15 members are white. He is married, with seven- and three-year-old sons.
“I am a hard worker, adaptable and communicate well,” he said in his email to Democratic leaders. “I understand and negotiated the school district budget as a result of the years being a school board member. I believe no other candidate have this experience.”
“More importantly, I am also willing to learn and am confident that the County Legislature position would be a good fit based on my collective work experience,” he wrote.
District 1, one of four districts that make up the County Legislature, generally includes downtown Schenectady, the Stockade, and the northern and western parts of the city.