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Republicans announce candidacy in Orange County

Republicans announce candidacy in Orange County

GOSHEN- A number of Republicans have formally declared their candidacies for Congress, the State Senate, the Assembly, and Orange County Family Court Judge as the 2024 election season gets underway.

Republican congressional candidate Allison Esposito, who intends to unseat Democratic incumbent Pat Ryan, made her announcement first in October. Esposito currently resides in Goshen, but he was raised in Highland Mills. She worked as a police officer for a long time before retiring as a Captain in the NYPD in order to run for lieutenant governor in 2022. Even though Esposito and her running mate, former gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, were not successful in winning the governorship, they did outperform Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado and Governor Kathy Hochul among voters in the 18th Congressional District, where she is currently running. The Republican and Conservative committees in the county have officially endorsed Esposito.

In the 42nd District, Republican Dorey Houle is rerunning for the State Senate against Democratic incumbent Senator James Skoufis. Houle declared her candidacy for 2024 last year after a close loss in the 2022 contest. The Republican and Conservative parties have endorsed Houle, who opened a campaign headquarters in the Village of Florida this past weekend. Houle is currently a member of the Monroe Town Board after having served on the Village of Monroe Board for the previous six years. Her main concerns, as stated on her campaign website, are mental health, drug addiction, public safety and crime, state spending and living expenses, and local election protection.

Rob Rolison, a Republican state senator serving his first term and representing the 39th District, is running for reelection in the autumn. Rolison was the mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie before becoming a police officer. In a district that includes parts of Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess counties, Yvette Valdes Smith, the minority leader of the Dutchess County Legislature, will be against him.

Two Republican assemblymen who are currently in office have declared their desire to seek reelection in November. Karl Brabenec of Deerpark said last week in Port Jervis that he would seek a fifth term in the State Assembly. Currently unopposed, Brabenec represents the 98th District, which encompasses parts of Orange and Rockland counties.

Montgomery Assemblyman Brian Maher said on Sunday that he will run for reelection in November. Maher has previously held the positions of mayor of the Village of Walden and supervisor of the Town of Montgomery. As of right now, he represents the 101st District, which will cover parts of Delaware, Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster counties in the upcoming year. Maher recently approved measures aimed at lowering the number of overdoses from fentanyl and opioids. He had previously introduced bills that would have classified Xylazine as a banned narcotic and established a Death by Dealer Act that would enable the prosecution to request bail in certain cases. No Democrat has declared their intention to challenge Maher as of yet.

There have been no declared opponents for Orange County’s three other assembly districts: the 99th, which is represented by New Windsor Democrat Chris Eachus; the 104th, which is represented by Newburgh Democrat Jonathan Jacobson; and the 100th, which is represented by Forestburgh Democrat Aileen Gunther.

Judge Christine Krahulik of Orange County Family Court has finally declared her candidacy for a second term on the bench. Prior to her initial election in November 2014, Krahulik worked in family court as a support magistrate, principal court attorney, and private practice lawyer. The Republican and Conservative committees have endorsed Krahulik, who does not yet have a declared opponent.

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