Candidates are starting to line up for the County Executive and County Comptroller positions that will be on the ballot this November. It really should be interesting this year. A recent Blaber News poll showed that among the Dems, Hein is the strongest candidate. However, in a three way race he suffers the same fate as Mr. Sennett in the general election. The Comptroller race is up for grabs. A lot of rumblings but no announced candidate for the job thus far. See our current poll for more details.
Below is a list of people that have been rumored to of been interested for the two top county spots.
County Executive :
full disclosure : I am supporting Mike Hein for County Exec
Mike Hein (announced)
Pr0 : Is currently doing the job now and has an extremely impressive track record of cutting wasteful spending.
Con : New to the political scene
Sue Zimet ( all but has announced)
pro- Has already proved elect-ability county wide
Con- Will have trouble uniting the County
Pro- Currently is the executive of Ulster County
Con - will have a difficult time campaigning county wide.
William Berardi (announced)
Pro - Extremely well educated individual with strong ties to the community.
Con - A harsh critic to the point where he turns people off.
County Comptroller :
Kingston Majority Leader Bill Reynolds (front runner)
Pro : Chair of the Kingston Finance Committee, has worked to develop multi-million dollar municipal budgets as a Kingston Alderman for the past 17 years. Currently works for the NYS Comptroller's office
Con -- None I can think of.
Pro- Do not know enough about the individual
Con - Do not know enough about the individual
Another candidate that would change the dynamic of this race may run but it's to soon to even float the idea out there.