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Rolison Says He Is Running For Poughkeepsie Mayor

Courtesy of Rob Rolison

The chairman of the Dutchess County legislature is running for City of Poughkeepsie mayor.

Republican Rob Rolison, who had been considering a mayoral run for some time, told WAMC Friday he has decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“I made the decision that I am going to give up my legislative seat at the end of the year, because I won’t be able to run for both, and they’re both up in November, and I’m running for mayor.”

He says will make a formal announcement February 11. Rolison, who was a cop for 29 years, becomes the second Republican to announce a run. Jere Tierney, a retired detective from the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, is registered with the state Board of Elections as a mayoral candidate. Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik, a Republican, cannot run again because of term limits. Two Democrats have announced a run - Common Council member Robert Mallory and Poughkeepsie City School District Board Member Randy Johnson.

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