Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education President Cecilia Tkaczyk is the latest Democrat to dip her toe in the water for the newly created state Senate District.
According to paperwork filed with the state Board of Elections on Monday, Tkaczyk has created a campaign committee to run for the 46th Senate District. The other declared Democratic candidate is Hispanic Coalition President and CEO Monica Arias Miranda. Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, has created a campaign committee and is likely to run.
The 46th District includes parts of Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany and Greene counties. It is the 63rd seat in the state Senate, drawn up by the Senate as part of a once-a-decade reshuffling of district lines that was approved Friday by the governor.
Tkaczyk could not be reached for comment Monday. Her LinkedIn profile indicates she spent nine years with the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State, seven years as the statewide advocacy director at Supportive Housing Network of New York and two years as a legislative analyst in the state Senate.
Schenectady County Democratic Committee Chairman Brian Quail described the latest candidate as competent and capable. “If she becomes the party’s nominee we’ll be well-served,” he said. “She is a real contender.”
His committee hasn’t endorsed anyone yet and is in the process of communicating with the other county committees.
“We’re moving forward,” Quail said of the endorsement process.
He added that he had a good deal of respect for Tkaczyk because of her experience with the school board, her professional background and time working for the state Legislature. Quail didn’t comment on Miranda, whom he said he didn’t know very well.
While many political observers believe the district is tailor-made for an Amedore win, as it contains all the geography of his Assembly district, the Democratic enrollment advantage is giving the Democrats hope.
“This district is a fair-fight district,” Quail said.