Columbia County Democratic Committee
met in Hudson on
met in Hudson on
Thursday May 26th
to endorse our 2011 candidates for countywide office.Experienced Hudson City Judge Richard Koweek was selected to run for county judge. He will likely be opposed by the current Republican District Attorney Beth Cozzolino.Koweek spoke openly of his long family history in our community. He said, "In criminal law, I've served as a defense counsel, prosecutor and judge. I think this experience makes me uniquely qualified to be a candidate and a judge. Nobody else brings that to the table."
Gene Keeler, who announced his candidacy early in 2011, was picked to run for District Attorney. Gene Keeler is a former Columbia County DA, was Public Defender, and was a social worker for 21 years. Gene Keeler opened his remarks with a statement about Richard Koweek stating "I'm proud to be running with Richard Koweek - he's beyond reproach." Keeler went on to say the difference between him and the Republican side is that, "I know what it is to be clinical. I can do both things, think as a clinical social worker and fight for what is right." The other side, he said, are "adversarial and abusive" when what is called for is a more flexible approach.
A relative newcomer to county politics, Peter Stoll was picked to run for County Treasurer. Peter Stoll is a CPA and has run several financial departments of large multi-million dollar corporations. He will be the only certified public accountant running for the office of county treasurer. As a CPA, Mr. Stoll feels he is "incredibly qualified" for the job as County Treasurer. He said he will "Do what's right for the county: dig in, make sure nothing's taken for granted, and work like the dickens to win this election." Mr. Stoll's family's history in this area goes back to the 1940s; his aunt owned a flower farm on Rock City Road in Chatham.
Dr. George Davis will seek re-election to the post of County Coroner. Dr. Davis has been a doctor for over 30 years and has been an elected County Coroner for four years. It is notable that Dr. Davis is the first doctor to hold this position in Columbia County history. Dr. Davis said "I bring a unique set of experiences to my unique role for the county."
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