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Pitcheralle won't seek re-election as Saratoga County treasurer

Pitcheralle won't seek re-election as Saratoga County treasurer

Saratoga County Treasurer Samuel Pitcheralle has decided not to seek re-election this fall.

Saratoga County Treasurer Samuel Pitcheralle has decided not to seek re-election this fall.

Two potential Republican candidates have emerged: Ken Ivins Jr. and Andrew “Drew” Jarosh, both of Saratoga Springs, are circulating resumes.

Pitcheralle, 59, a Mechanicville Republican, said he decided not to seek another four-year term because he has accumulated 35 years in the state retirement system.

He has worked for Saratoga County for the past 18 years and previously worked in financial management for the cities of Mechanicville and Schenectady.

“I would not want to commit to another four years and then not complete the term,” he said Wednesday.

He said he’s had offers from the private sector in the past, and hasn’t ruled out either working in a private financial-management job or taking work as a municipal finance consultant.

“I have plans to make plans,” he said.

Pitcheralle has been county treasurer since 2006. Before that, he was deputy to then-Treasurer Christopher Callaghan for many years.

County Republican Chairman John Herrick said he was surprised by Pitcheralle’s decision.

“Sam did a terrific job as treasurer, and had he decided to run he would have had a clear path to the endorsement,” Herrick said.

The position, the chief financial manager for a county with a $313 million annual budget, carries an annual salary of $101,582. The office is in Ballston Spa.

Ivins and Jarosh are both well-known in Saratoga political circles. Jarosh is on the Saratoga Springs Republican Committee, and Ivins is a former member.

Ivins is a former elected finance commissioner for Saratoga Springs, though he was defeated by Democrat Michele Madigan in 2011. He lost in a race for county supervisor representing the city in 2013. He currently works full time as a bookkeeper for two insurance agencies.

Jarosh is a private fund manager, currently managing partner of ABJ Private Holdings Group of Saratoga Springs. He is also on the board of Saratoga Community Federal Credit Union, and is pursuing a doctorate in finance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jarosh formally announced his candidacy Wednesday, and Ivins confirmed he is running too.

“I believe my strong background in finance and banking coupled with my education and experience will be valuable assets for Saratoga County and the treasurer’s position,” Jarosh said.

“It’s a natural fit for me as a former commissioner of finance,” Ivins said.

Herrick said county Republicans are expected to meet to make an endorsement in late May or early June, after all the town and city Republican committees have weighed in. Jarosh and Ivins are just starting to have town committee interviews, Herrick said.

Republicans generally dominate countywide races in Saratoga County because of their party’s wide voter enrollment advantage, but the Democrats may also field a candidate. “We’ll look for a candidate; hopefully we can come up with someone,” said county Democratic Chairman Todd Kerner.

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