GOSHEN – Chester Supervisor Steve Neuhaus won the Republican nomination for Orange County Executive by an overwhelming margin at the Orange County Republican Committee’s nomination convention last night at Palacio Catering & Conference Center in Goshen.
Neuhaus received 1,555 of the 2,038 votes cast by delegates to defeat his opponent, Mike Sweeton. Neuhaus had secured endorsements from 17 of the 23 Republican city and town committees in the county in the months leading up to the convention. Neuhaus has also received nominations from the Conservative and Independence parties to give him three political party lines in the November election.
"I am honored to accept the nomination of the Republican Party and I am eager to bring our campaign to neighborhoods across the county," said Neuhaus. "I am committed to restoring confidence in Orange County government, working to grow jobs and stabilize taxes."
Town of Newburgh Supervisor Wayne Booth formally nominated Neuhaus at the convention and told Republican delegates that Neuhaus has the leadership skills and experience to lead the county.
"Our next County Executive will have to be proven fiscal manager who has led their municipality through the most depressed economy since the great depression. Steve Neuhaus has done this," said Booth. "He took over the helm in the Town of Chester as the bottom fell out of the economy and increased Chester’s bond rating twice while cutting town spending. Our next County Executive must have the desire to serve the people of Orange County and be willing to earn the respect and trust of the residents. Steve Neuhaus has this desire and has proven his willingness to earn his constituents trust and respect. He has spent endless hours serving the residents of the Town of Chester and he is relentless in his door to door campaign spreading the message of this Republican Party."
In addition to his role as Supervisor in the Town of Chester, Neuhaus is currently the Vice President of the Orange County Association of Town Supervisors and Mayors. He is a founding board member and served as Chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, is an Officer in the Navy Reserves and has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Land Trust.