Nearly two months after opting not to enter the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro told a group of GOP chairs Friday that he is running for governor.
Molinaro declared his candidacy at an event in Saratoga Springs. Republican leaders gathered there to nominate Chele Farley to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
A formal announcement hasn’t been made by Molinaro’s campaign, but Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey confirmed the Dutchess County executive and former state assemblyman is in the race.
“He came into the room and announced ‘I am a candidate for governor’,” Dadey said in a phone interview after Friday’s convention.
With Molinaro’s entry, there are now three Republicans in the field. The others are state Sen. John DeFrancisco and attorney Joe Holland.