QUEENSBURY — The woman who failed to win the Queensbury supervisor position is now sharply reducing her involvement with politics.
Rachel Seeber has resigned her position as secretary in the town Republican Committee and from the county Republican Committee, she said.
County Chairman Mike Grasso isn’t letting her go that easily, however. He noted that last year she collected enough petition signatures to be a state delegate for the Republican Party. That gives her a seat on the county Republican executive committee, he said.
The committee is mostly made up of supervisors and town leaders. It was organized to improve the county committee after big losses last year — including Seeber’s loss in the Queensbury election. Leaders on the committee did not return calls seeking comment.
Grasso checked with the committee attorney, who confirmed that as state delegate, Seeber has a seat on the executive committee until her term expires at the end of 2019.
“I hate to see her go,” Grasso said. “I tried to talk her out of it. But she’s trying to find more work. I understand that. I certainly have to give her a pass after 16 years.”
Seeber is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at several local community colleges, including SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Delhi.
In addition to staying on as state delegate, Seeber also plans to continue as vice president of the Adirondack Republican Women’s Club.
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“Work and family responsibilities dictate that I have to give up some activities,” Seeber said, adding that she still supports the committees she is leaving.
“I have a great deal of respect for these two organizations and have been very grateful for their support over the years,” she said.
She hopes she can still be “a small part of the good work they do for our communities,” but she plans to focus on other things.
“I’ve been grateful to serve my community and look forward to refocusing on my professional life,” she said. “I’m glad I can still stay involved in a small way and look forward to helping with various not-for-profits, as I have enjoyed that over the years.”
Despite losing the election, she said she doesn’t regret running for supervisor.
“Even when it’s all said and done, I am truly grateful for the opportunity and have learned so much,” she said.
Grasso said it would be hard to replace her on the GOP committee, where members spend each summer gathering signatures for political races and running fundraisers. Her resignation is a big loss, he said.
“She’s been a tireless worker. You hate to lose someone who, year after year, she’s always gotten more than her fair share of petitions, she’s organized events,” he said. “Everything she’s done, she’s done a great job at.”