FISHKILL – Dutchess County Legislator Doug McHoul has suspended his campaign for the State Assembly in the 105th District. McHoul has thrown his support behind fellow Republican County Legislator Michael Polasek.
The two lawmakers were prepared for a Republican primary to become the party’s candidate for the seat currently held by retiring Assemblyman Kieran Lalor (R-East Fishkill). East Fishkill Town Councilman Anil “AJ” Beephan is also in the race. Lalor’s Chief of Staff, Kira Gorman had announced her candidacy as well but has quietly dropped out of the race.
In announcing his withdrawal on Sunday, McHoul also endorsed Polasek. “At this time, I have decided to step aside from the race. As a family business owner, County Legislator, and most importantly, a husband and father, I have only so much ability to balance time, and I can’t offer this campaign the commitment it deserves.” McHoul said “Mike Polasek is a natural leader who has earned great respect among our colleagues on the Dutchess County Legislature. His experiences as a small business owner, taxpayer, and elected official undoubtedly make him the best choice to represent us in Albany. ”
As the March 8 Republican convention approaches, Polasek is pleased to have McHoul’s support. “Throughout this campaign we talked, debated, made each other better candidates, and most importantly better people,” he said, adding Doug’s support means a lot to me and I’ll do my best to be the best candidate to represent the Republican Party.”
After learning of McHoul’s withdrawal, Beephan said he’s still in the race. “I commend Doug Mchoul for his willingness to serve our greater community and wish him the best of luck as he continues in the County Legislature. I am running on resume, advocacy, and accomplishments. I am confident that our residents will make a well-informed decision.”
The 105th Assembly District currently encompasses the towns of LaGrange, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Wappinger, Union Vale, Dover, Beekman, Washington, and Pawling as well as the villages of Pawling, Millbrook, Fishkill, and Wappingers Falls.