February 23, 2017
In a standing room only event at the Kenyon House on Boardman Road in Poughkeepsie Thursday night, Robin Lois announced her candidacy for the office of Dutchess County Comptroller.
In the beginning of Robin’s remarks she explained why she is running for the office. “This decision has been a personal goal and journey and feels like the next logical step for me in my life. When my father passed away in 2012 it really hit me how important to the community one person’s actions can be. As a volunteer firefighter, volunteer paramedic and active town board member my father gave back to his community. After he passed I found myself back in my home town receiving the commendations and memorials in his honor for the work that he had done. It made me look at life a little differently and made me assess my life and future in this community. I am scared to fight fires and hate the sight of blood but I am good with numbers and budgets and business best practices so that’s what brought me to the public office of the Comptroller.”
Robin continued to explain that she also felt like she had the support of her family, friends, community and new activists in the county that without she would not have felt ready to run. “I can feel the energy and it helped me to feel like we can have a voice in November and we can get the votes!”
Robin proceeded to go through her extensive experience in accounting and business management. She explained how she started her career at nineteen and worked full time to put herself through college. Robin has worked in public accounting as well as corporate accounting and now is the controller for her family business for the past 12 years. “After working in all different genres of accounting and business I now want to use my skills and knowledge for a civic purpose. It is now my desire to work for you, the people of Dutchess County to ensure your tax dollars are safeguarded and the County is as efficient as possible.”
Robin continued, “The Office of the Comptroller is a unique elected position in that it really is not a ‘Political’ position per se. The Comptroller does not make any laws or policy that is based on political platforms. The Comptroller is more simply the person that watches that the people that you did elect based on your political beliefs…like your County Executive and your County Legislators spend your money as voted on and elected in the county budget. For this reason I really do hope that no matter what party you are registered for or find yourself politically leaning towards (and I know that not everyone in this room is a Democrat) that you see this position as the INDEPENDENT position that it is. You should be voting for the person you feel is the most qualified and truly independent to do the job and if you do your research you will have no doubt that I am that person.”
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 05:30 PM - Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 07:00 PM