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.
“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.