December 2, 2017




Coughlan concedes to Lois in Dutchess comptroller race

Lois: "humbled to have earned
the trust of the voters"

POUGHKEEPSIE – Republican Dutchess County Comptroller James Coughlan has conceded defeat to Democrat Robin Lois.

She narrowly defeated him on election day, but absentee ballots counted after widened her lead.

“It is evident that we came up around 600 votes less than my opponent, which is less than one percentage point short of victory,” he wrote in an email to supporters late Friday afternoon.  “It’s my wish and expectation that every single absentee ballot be counted but at this time I graciously concede to Robin Lois in our race for Dutchess County Comptroller.”

Lois said over the next month she will be “focused on the transition to make sure that I can hit the ground running for Dutchess residents and taxpayers when I take office in January.” She said she is “humbled to have earned the trust of the voters to be their next comptroller and I look forward to getting to work."

Coughlan said he was proud of the “positive and issue-based campaign” he ran focused on his “effectiveness” over the last eight years. During his time in office, Coughlan said he worked toward “restoring the fund balance after it was recklessly depleted, returning $10 million of unspent tax dollars to the treasury from vendors that didn’t perform proper reconciliations or work, and consecutive years of no tax increases and tax reductions.”

Coughlan said he “strictly monitored the Dutchess County Airport and Resource Recovery Agency while managing the $450 million operating budget and with my legal and financial experience rescued multiple not-for-profit agencies from insolvency maintaining services to our citizens of greatest need.”


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