Friday, June 8, 2018



Ulster County Conservative Committee backs candidates for state elections

KINGSTON – The Ulster County Conservative Committee has endorsed candidates for all State Senate and Assembly races within the county.

Until Wednesday, no Republican candidate had surfaced for the 104th Assembly District, which was left vacant with the death of Democrat Frank Skartados in April. Former congressional candidate Sakima Brown of Poughkeepsie is running as the GOP candidate.

At least a half-dozen names have been mentioned on the Democratic side – Orange County Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan, Newburgh City Councilman Jonathan Jacobson, Beacon City Councilwoman Jodi McCredo, former Skartados staffer Alex Kelly, and former Poughkeepsie Alderman Ralph Coates.

Ulster Conservative Chairman Ed Gaddy said they endorsed all of the Republican candidates for the Senate and Assembly.

“They sought us out and they went through all the motions. We vetted them. No other candidates took the time to reach out to us,” Gaddy said.

All the candidates endorsed by the Ulster Conservatives are Republicans with the exception of Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum, who is a Democrat but won the support of the Republican and Conservative committees after his own party refused to back him for a fourth term.


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