WARRENSBURG Town of Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty is next in line to become the next top leader of Warren County, and if he indeed attains the post in January as many expect, it which would be the first time in a half-century the town had such political clout.
If Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec is successful in his campaign to succeed Teresa Sayward in the state Assembly, his post of chairman would be open – and Geraghty said this week he will be actively seeking the position. Geraghty now serves as the county Budget Officer.
“I'm absolutely interested in becoming the next chairman of the Warren County board,” Geraghty said. To date, it has been traditional for the county budget officer to move up into the role as chairman.
Geraghty said that although the selection of board chairman – a choice of the Republican majority of county supervisors – normally occurs in December, he is announcing his candidacy now to stake his claim on the job.
“I wanted to get my name out first,” Geraghty said. “I've paid my dues in Warren County.”
As of this week, Stec is the leading candidate to replace Teresa Sayward, who is retiring from the state Assembly as of Dec. 31.
Stec has received the endorsements of the Republican parties of Essex, Warren and Saratoga counties — three of the four counties in Sayward’s Assembly district. The G.O.P. party committee of Washington County, the fourth county, is expected to vote on their choice Thursday March 29.
Stec’s also been awarded the nod from a variety of minority political organizations. His opponents have garnered a few such minor endorsements.
Geraghty said March 27 his years of experience in municipal government and finance has prepared him well to lead Warren County.
Geraghty was chosen by fellow county supervisors to assume the duties of county Budget Officer in 2006, and he’s served in the position since.