43rd STATE SENATE DISTRICT -- Waterford Town Councilman Frank McClement, the Saratoga County director of veterans' services, has formally announced his Republican candidacy for the state Senate seat held by Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon.
McClement, a former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, has been the county's director of veterans' services since 2010, and has received the endorsement of several town supervisors in Saratoga County. He has been a member of the Waterford Town Board since 2013.
McClement said he is running state office because, "Our local governments need relief from the financial pressures put on them by New York state, and we must deal effectively with school safety, opioid addiction, spiraling state debt and a seemingly endless list of new regulations, taxes and fees that have have damaged the upstate economy."
McClements is one of five people in the Republican field to replace Marchione, who announced last month she would not seek re-election. Democrats have yet to announce any candidates for the seat, which is in a Republican-leaning district.
Also running for the GOP nomination are Halfmoon Town Councilwoman Daphne Jordan, who is Marchione's legislative director; Chris Boyark, of Mechanicville, who ran for a state Assembly seat two years ago; Gerard Zabala, of Wilton; and Poestenkill Town Councilman Eric Wohlleber.
Jordan on Thursday announced her endorsement by Rensselaer County Legislator Dan Casale of Brunswick.
The Senate district includes eastern Saratoga County, Rensselaer County outside the city of Troy, Columbia County and part of Washington County. The district has an enrollment of 67,676 Republicans, 62,339 Democrats and 57,592 voters not enrolled in a party, according to the state Board of Elections.