Assemblyman Bob Oaks is discussing the possibility of running for the seat currently held by state Sen. Michael Nozzolio.
In an email, Oaks, R-Macedon, said he's considering running to succeed Nozzolio, R-Fayette, who announced last week that he won't seek re-election this year.
"I love serving the people of Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne County in the state Assembly but with New York's numerous challenges, I would be remiss if I did not explore the possibility of mounting a Senate campaign," he said. "I am now going through the process of talking with my family, various local officials and other key individuals as I make that decision."
Oaks' district, the 130th Assembly District, includes all of Wayne County and portions of Cayuga and Oswego counties. The district overlaps with the 54th Senate District, which Nozzolio represents.
The 54th District includes all or parts of Cayuga, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Tompkins and Wayne counties.
Oaks was first elected to the state Assembly in 1992 — the same year Nozzolio left the Assembly to run for state Senate. He previously served as Wayne County clerk.
A North Rose native, Oaks attended Colgate University, where he received his bachelor's degree in political science. He earned a master's degree in recreation administration from the University of Montana.
Republicans are confident they will hold on to the 54th District seat. According to the state Board of Elections, the district has 14,255 more GOP voters than Democrats.
So far, Oaks is the only Republican to express interest in Nozzolio's seat. Other potential candidates include Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Assemblyman Gary Finch, both of whom live in the district.