Presumptive Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro on Sunday selected a former two-time state Senate candidate as his running mate.
The Dutchess County executive chose Julie Killian to join him on the GOP ticket as his lieutenant governor candidate.
“Julie Killian is a champion for people who have no voice, who are left behind, who are in crisis,” Molinaro said in a statement, “and she will never back down from the challenges that are facing our state.”
The announcement comes as Republicans prepare for the state GOP convention in Manhattan. Molinaro is expected to receive the party’s nod to run for governor when the GOP gathers Wednesday and Thursday to nominate candidates.
Senate majority leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican, praised the choice, calling Killian “whip smart.”
“She would have made a tremendous addition to the State Senate, and I regret that we couldn’t get her elected in that capacity,” Flanagan said. “Sometimes, however, when one door closes another door opens. New Yorkers are going to love Julie Killian.”
Killian is a former deputy mayor of the city of Rye in Westchester County. She lost to Shelley Mayer in last month’s special election for the Senate’s 37th district. She also vied in the 2016 election for the same seat, losing to Democrat George Latimer, who was elected Westchester County executive last year.