Dutchess County comptroller to run for state Senate

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Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan announced today he will run for the state Senate against Democrat Sen. Terry Gipson, joining what is likely to be a crowded field to run against the freshman senator.

jim coughlanThe district includes most of Dutchess County and parts of Putnam County.

“Over the past four years as comptroller, I have seen firsthand how Albany’s midnight laws and out of control state mandates are driving up taxes, killing jobs and undermining our quality of life,” Coughlin said in a statement. “I’m running for Senate to ensure my family and yours can stay, work and thrive here in the Hudson Valley.”

Coughlin, 46, ran unopposed this year for a second term on the Republican and Conservative party lines.

Republicans are hoping to win back a seat they lost in 2012, when Gipson defeated long-time GOP Sen. Stephen Saland in a three-way race.

Dutchess County Legislature chairman Robert Rolison said in September he plans to seek the Senate seat.

Former Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus and Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik are also considering it.

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  1. PUTNAM CITIZEN on

    It’s going to be an interesting field lining up to replace SS Gibson.

    Of course there’s some local democrats upset about this prospect. Fuming that the Republican Senate campaign chairman SS Ball had the chops to come to Putnam Valley and held a forum for people to meet interested candidates at the VFW.

    These are the same people who see conspiracies around each corner. The board of elections (1 chairman from each party), the state Supreme Court and countless others conspired to keep someone from knocking off the incumbent from 3 lines on the ballot. Btw, it would guarantee a victory.

    Same people who don’t want voter reform. Same people who cry about the same exact tactics, when used against them in the past.

    Same people who complain that our local elections have no choice if candidates for the voter. Etc, etc.

    Now they complain that Ball has the gonades to hold forums for interested challengers to a dem. They also complain that they weren’t allowed to be on the ballot solo.

    Talk about bipolar. Some of these people have 2 different personalities. It’s funny.