Anndrea Starzak, the former town supervisor of Vestal, was endorsed Tuesday evening by the Broome County Democratic Committee to take on state Sen. Tom Libous, a Republican who faces a federal charge he lied to the FBI.

In a phone interview Tuesday evening, Starzak said she was circulating petitions in the 52nd Senate District in order to qualify for the November ballot.

“I believe I can make a difference and give the people of the 52nd district a choice,” Starzak said, who was Vestal town supervisor from 2000 through 2005.

Libous on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a charge that he gave misleading statements to federal law enforcement in 2010, stemming from an investigation into whether he helped arrange for his son Matthew Libous to obtain a job at a politically connected law firm in Westchester County.

Matthew Libous was indicted on Tuesday as well on six counts that included filing false tax returns and obstruction.

Libous, first elected to the state Senate in 1988, plans to run for re-election this year.

Asked if she expects Libous’ legal troubles to play a role in the campaign, Starzak said, “It’s going to be a challenge for the senator.”

She added that whether the case is an overriding factor is “really up to the voters to decided. It is one more reason to give the voters a choice in the election.”

Democrats still face a challenge in winning the Southern Tier district.

Enrolled GOP voters outnumber Democrats 69,801 to 61,006, according to the most recent Board of Elections data.