ALBANY – Even though New York’s gubernatorial election is more than one year away, Republicans in the state are beginning to work on their bid for the office.
State GOP leaders held a county chairs meeting in Albany on Monday. Several Republicans were in attendance to pitch why they would make the best candidate for Governor.
So far, Congressman Lee Zeldin and Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli have announced that they will be running for the Republican nomination.
Some of the big issues among candidates or potential candidates include property tax relief, boosting the economy and safety.
There are also several other Republicans mulling over a run, including Joe Holland, Andrew Giuliani, and former gubernatorial candidates Rob Astorino and Marc Molinaro.
In 2019, Governor Cuomo said he planned to run for a fourth term, however as Governor Andrew Cuomo faces multiple scandals, when asked last month if he would still be running but said that it wasn’t a day “for politics.”
Zeldin has raised more than $2.5 million since his announcement that he would be running. New York GOP Chair Nick Langoworthy says that it would be a fair assumption that Zeldin is the front runner at this point for the GOP nomination and has set the pace for the rest of the field.