KINGSTON – Three of the four declared Democratic candidates for Ulster County executive appeared Sunday afternoon at a public forum hosted by the Ulster County Democratic Committee, in a packed room at Kingston City Hall.

Marc Rider, a current deputy county executive, took turns speaking with Patrice Strong, and Patrick Ryan, who were both former candidates in the previous 2018 election. Jeff Moran, a former Woodstock town supervisor, did not appear.

A rushed and somewhat confusing special election process began last Friday, when Michael Hein officially stepped down from his position as county executive, to take a seat in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet as acting commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The move was first announced on Jan. 4th.

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