Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry has filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections to run for the Assembly seat covering parts of Schenectady, Niskayuna and Colonie that is being vacated by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Reilly.
Landry, a Democrat, expressed interest in the seat about a month ago and joins a crowded field of Democrats. So far Albany County Legislator Phil Steck, Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols and Assembly staffer Kevin Frazier have all declared their intent to run and Colonie attorney Jennifer Whalen is the only Republican candidate.
The district is considered a likely win for a Democrat because of changes to the voter enrollment due to the redistricting process. Formerly the 109th Assembly District, which included Colonie, Clifton Park and Halfmoon, the new 110th Assembly District lost the heavily Republican Clifton Park and Halfmoon in exchange for the Democratic heavy parts of Schenectady and Niskayuna.
There have yet to be any endorsements in this race by the relevant Democratic committees, with the Republican committees already rallying around Whalen, who lost narrowly to Reilly in 2010.
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