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Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward's announcement last week that she won't seek another term has potential candidates mulling their options. As of today, at least seven people have expressed moderate to serious interest in running for her seat.

The district includes Essex, Hamilton, Warren and part of Saratoga counties. Redistricting proposals could cut out Hamilton County in favor of Washington County. Chris Morris reports.

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The field of potential candidates for this Assembly seat is loaded with Republicans. For now, just one Democrat, Jay town Supervisor Randy Douglas, has expressed any interest.

Douglas said Thursday he’ll talk to friends, family and colleagues before making a decision. Douglas has served as chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for the last two years, a rare feat for a Democrat.

His colleague on that board, Moriah’s Republican town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, is also considering an Assembly run. Scozzafava meets with Douglas today to discuss the election.

Lorilee Sheehan is another potential candidate in Essex County. She’s a teacher from Willsboro making her first foray into politics.

Meanwhile, a trio of Republicans from Warren County is also in the mix.

Dan Stec, supervisor of the town of Queensbury, says he’s definitely running. He chairs Warren County’s Board of Supervisors, and says he’s got the experience to be an effective voice in Albany.

Stec is already making the rounds with county Republican committees as those groups prepare to endorse candidates.

Rob Regan, former mayor of the city of Glens Falls, says he’s “seriously considering” a candidacy. He served as an attorney for the state Legislature for seven years and says his experience is a good fit for the post.

Thurman town Supervisor Evelyn Wood says she plans to run. She chairs Warren County’s Public Safety Committee and has served as supervisor since 2010.

And if that’s not enough, how about one more name?

“I’ve had many people encouraging me to take a look at that in addition to the congressional seat.”

That’s Doug Hoffman, the Lake Placid accountant who ran unsuccessfully for New York’s 23rd Congressional District in 2009 and 2010.

Hoffman says he won’t be making any decisions until new legislative districts are set in stone.

But he’s keeping his options open.

“I’m pretty flattered that they would be encouraging me and considering me for that. It definitely, at this point, is an option,” he said.

New district lines could be official by next week.

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