Neuhaus and Davis file petitions for county executive race

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Democratic challenger Pat Davis filed their candidate petitions on Thursday, setting the stage for a contest this fall between a Republican who’s finishing his first term in office and a 35-year-old political newcomer who built a career in finance after serving two tours of duty in the Iraq War.

Neuhaus, a former Chester town supervisor who succeeded Ed Diana as county executive in 2014, filed petitions for four ballot lines – Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party. A day earlier, the Hudson Valley Building and Trades Council – an umbrella union group that is important for fundraising and has given generously to Neuhaus’ campaign account – endorsed Neuhaus and his Republican running mates, praising him as “the leader in job creation in the Hudson Valley.”

“He runs a pro-jobs operation, and fights to develop good paying jobs across Orange County,” council President Todd Diorio said in the announcement, applauding Neuhaus for his oversight of the county Government Center construction project, his emphasis on road and bridge repairs, and other things.

Davis, who lives in Monroe with his wife and two sons and works in Manhattan as a consultant with the global firm PwC, announced his candidacy on May 30, on the eve of the county Democrats’ endorsement convention – a late start for a countywide race. He graduated from West Point in 2004 – as did his wife, Alexis – and served with the Army in Iraq for 27 months. He has two engineering degrees and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvia’s Wharton School.

Davis also filed four candidate petitions – Democrat, Working Families Party, Women’s Equality Party and Reform Party.

Neuhaus is running in tandem with his “Team Orange” Republican slate from 2013 – District Attorney David Hoovler and County Clerk Annie Rabbitt – and with former county Republican Chairman Bill DeProspo, who’s running to become a county court judge.

Democrats Michael Isgur and Deborah Mulqueen are running for district attorney and county clerk, the same offices they sought unsuccessfully in 2013. No Democrat is running for judge.

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