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Stratton says no to congressional run

Stratton says no to congressional run

Schenectady Mayor Brian U. Stratton has decided not to run for the congressional seat being vacated

Mayor Brian U. Stratton has decided not to run for the congressional seat being vacated at the end of the year by fellow Democrat Michael McNulty and formerly held by Stratton's father.

Stratton said he decided against the run so he can continue to focus on his current job.

"After a thorough consideration and careful examination of what to me was a unique opportunity to run for Congress and potentially serve in the seat once held by my late father, I have decided that I can best serve the needs and citizens of the city of Schenectady by continuing the job I enjoy as mayor," Stratton said in a statement this afternoon.

"Being mayor of Schenectady, the city of my birth, is not only an honor but a job that I truly enjoy. I am extremely proud of all my administration has accomplished in four years to restore Schenectady's financial integrity, rebuild its economy and to give our citizens a genuine sense of pride in their community. I look forward to continuing that progress and working to meet the many challenges still before us."

Stratton's announcement follows the announcement last week that Susan Savage, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, would not contend for the 21st District seat, which McNulty has held since Sam Stratton retired in 1989.

Tracey Brooks, a former aide to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Colonie Democratic Committee Chairman Phil Steck have already announced their candidacies on the Democratic side, while no Republicans have announced their interest. Other possible candidates including former Democratic assemblyman Paul Tonko and unsuccessful Republican state comptroller candidate Christopher Callahan.

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