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Republican sets up 2018 gubernatorial campaign account

ALBANY – A Hudson Valley Republican is the first out of the gate taking a formal step to a run for governor in 2018.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Wednesday filed paperwork with the state elections board creating an account to raise money for next year’s gubernatorial campaign. The Republican has been traveling the state for some time and earlier this week told the Auburn Citizen that he and Brian Kolb, the state Assembly GOP leader from the Finger Lakes, could run together on a GOP ticket.

At age 36, Molinaro was elected county executive in 2011. At 18, he became mayor of a small village in northern Dutchess County. He resides in Red Hook.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is blazing the fundraising circuit preparing what appears to be a run for a third term. He is likely to face a Democratic primary challenge and several Republicans are eyeing a gubernatorial bid.

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