It’s still unknown whether there will be a special election to fill the vacancy in the 113th Assembly District, but if there is, the matchup is set.
The Saratoga County Democratic Committee on Thursday endorsed Carrie Woerner of Round Lake for the seat, following earlier action by the Washington County committee.
The Republican committees for the two counties have already endorsed Steve Stallmer of Saratoga Springs, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook.
The Assembly seat representing Washington County and eastern Saratoga County became open on Jan. 1, following the November election of former Assemblyman Tony Jordan as Washington County district attorney.
It is up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo whether to schedule an election before November, and he has yet to make that decision.
Both candidates are expected to run with their party’s endorsement in November if no special election is scheduled.
Woerner is a three-term village trustee in the village of Round Lake, and she is vice president and general manager of a software company based in Saratoga Springs.
She is a former head of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. She ran against Jordan and lost in the 2012 Assembly election.
“As assemblywoman, I will focus on policies and programs that encourage entrepreneurship and startups to complement our investments in the high-tech industry,” Woerner said in a news release. “I will also work to promote the vitality of our local farms and agri-business, as agriculture is still this state’s most valuable industry.”
Stallmer, whom the Republican organizations in both counties have endorsed, is a native of Saratoga Springs. He has called for supporting the state’s economic development efforts and tax relief, and he has pledged to support repeal of the unpopular SAFE Act gun control law.
Stallmer previously worked for U.S. Rep. Jerry Solomon and later for Associated General Contractors of New York.
“I think it will be a competitive race. I think Steve is an outstanding candidate,” said Saratoga County Republican Chairman John Herrick.
County Democratic Chairman Todd Kerner said his committee on Thursday also endorsed U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko of Amsterdam for re-election in the 20th Congressional District, and Assemblyman John McDonald of Cohoes for re-election in the 108th Assembly District.
Madelyn Thorne of Schenectady, who ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Hugh T. Farley in 2012, was endorsed to run against him again this fall, Kerner said.
He said no decision has been made about the opening in the 21st Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, unexpectedly announced plans to retire last week.
Among those whose names have been discussed are former U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy of Glens Falls; Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas, chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors; and former state senator and state agriculture commissioner Darrel Aubertine of Jefferson County.
Republicans appear close to consolidating around businesswomen and former White House aide Elise Stefanik of Willsboro, pending a meeting of GOP chairman from around the district on Feb. 5, Herrick said.