Westchester Legislator Bill Ryan, who said this week he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for county executive next year, responded Thursday to the question of why declare so early by saying the lengthy process of seeking support and organizing a campaign has to start now.
He said he has to notify the local political committees to give them a chance to ramp up support operations and also give them time to find a replacement for him on the county board. He began by notifying the White Plains and Scarsdale Democratic committees last week.
“There’s easily three dozen committees, Democratic committees in Westchester County,” he said. Ryan will seek the support of all of them before a county convention.
“For the process that I have to get into now, it’s not too early for that,” Ryan said.
Fundraising is another time-consuming issue.
“A year goes by quickly when you’re talking about organization building and fundraising and getting around to talk to all of the committees,” he said.
Ryan could face a primary, with the winner taking on one-term Republican County Executive Rob Astorino.