GOP nominates Hayes for county exec special election

Ulster Republicans this week named Jack Hayes, chairman of the county’s Conservative Party, as their candidate to compete with Democrat Pat Ryan in an April 30 special election for Ulster County executive to fill that office for the rest of 2019.

County Republican Chairman Roger Rascoe said it was unclear if Hayes also will run for a full, four-year term as county executive later this year. That decision will have to be made soon, since prospective candidates for this November’s elections started collecting petition signatures in February and must file them by April 4.

Hayes previously has held office as a county legislator and Gardiner town supervisor, and ran unsuccessfully for Assembly in 2016.

The special election is being held because Mike Hein resigned as county executive after 10 years to become commissioner of the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. His former chief of staff, Adele Reiter, is serving as acting county executive until the special election winner takes office.

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