Friday, May 27, 2005

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Berkman won’t run for mayor

Orange County legislator Jeffrey Berkman had been giving serious consideration to running for mayor of the City of Middletown on the Democratic line.

He has made his decision and decided to seek another term on the county legislature instead of face a potentially sticky party primary election in September against current Mayor Marlinda Duncanson.

Berkman believes he can do a lot for his constituents by remaining in the legislature. “I will probably be a bit more outspoken about Middletown related issues in the future, and I think that it’s a pivotal time for the City of Middletown,” he said. “I think people can provide leadership in various directions and I anticipate using all of my influence to help Middletown in the Orange County Legislature.”

Duncanson, meanwhile, will face the winner of a Republican mayoral primary between party designee James Kitsen and Lee Gerow. Both men are members of the Middletown Common Council.

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