Ryan, Moran may compete in Dem primary for Ulster county exec

Pat Ryan, the Democrat running in a special election April 30 to serve the remainder of Mike Hein’s term as Ulster County executive, may face a primary challenge in June for the subsequent race this year for a full, four-year term as Hein’s successor.

Former Woodstock Supervisor Jeff Moran said Friday that he was still collecting signatures to clear the 750-name threshold, but that he plans to file a Democratic petition for county executive by next Thursday’s deadline, which would force a June 25 primary against Ryan if its survives any challenges. Ryan, an Iraq War veteran who finished second in last year’s seven-way primary for the 19th Congressional District seat, is the Democrats’ nominee for the special election and its endorsed candidate to seek a full term in November.

Ulster County Conservative Party Chairman Jack Hayes – a former county legislator and Gardiner town supervisor – is the Republicans’ nominee for the April 30 special election, and the candidate who will represent the GOP in the Nov. 5 general election (barring any unexpected petition next week by a Republican candidate.)

Candidates running for office in Ulster and everywhere else in New York will file their petitions from Monday to Thursday.

Hein resigned in February after 10 years as county executive 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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