Sen. Greg Ball said he’s holding the first of a series of candidate forums tonight to find a Republican candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson, who represents a neighboring Hudson Valley district.
Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, is teaming up with the state Rifle and Pistol Association to find a candidate to challenge the freshman senator. Ball and the state’s chapter of the National Rifle Association have opposed the state’s gun-control law passed in January.
They don’t have to look far for prospective candidates.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported last week that there are at least four prominent Republicans considering a run against Gipson, who beat longtime Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, in 2012.
Ball’s 40th District covers parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Gipson’s 41st District covers parts of Putnam and Dutchess counties.
The forum is being held at 7 p.m. at the Putnam Valley VFW Post 391. Ball is a co-chairman of the Senate GOP’s campaign committee.
“It is vital for the future of New York that we get the seat back and restore checks and balances to New York state government. We must rally the grassroots to ensure that the 41st Senate District is again represented by a fiscally conservative senator who is not owned by extreme and dangerous, taxing and spending New York City interests,” Ball said in a statement.
In a statement, Tom King, president of the Rifle and Pistol Association, said: “The current senator has failed to properly represent the residents of Putnam and Dutchess Counties. NYSRPA is proud to partner with Senator Ball and local groups to ensure a strong candidate emerges who will represent the true values of the residents of the 41st Senate District. Our members are encouraged to attend the forums and join in the effort to bring to light the need for a change in representation in this district.”