OC Citizens hosts OC Executive Candidates’ Debate

OC Citizens hosts OC Executive Candidates’ Debate

The Orange County Citizens Foundation has announced that the 2017 County Executive Candidates’ Debate, moderated by Larry Force, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Twin Towers Middle School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening will feature incumbent Steve Neuhaus and challenger Patrick Davis (biographies below).

The candidates’ debate – presented by the Orange County Citizens Foundation in cooperation with the Orange County Arts Council, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Land Trust, Leadership Orange, and Orange County Partnership – will address the following topics:

●      Leadership

●      Economic development

●      Government efficiency

●      Arts & culture

●      Education & workforce

●      Land use

●      Agriculture & open space

●      Health/healthy communities

“This is a vital opportunity for Orange County residents to learn more about their county executive candidates, and to witness an informative, professional debate on the most important issues affecting our communities,” said Nancy Proyect, president of the Citizens Foundation.

Each candidate will be allowed two minutes for opening statements, 90 seconds to respond to each question, and a 30-second rebuttal period. Larry Force, director of The Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College, will moderate. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 845.469.9459, email bonnie@occitizensfoundation.org, or visit www.occitizensfoundation.org.

County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus

Steven M. Neuhaus was elected to the office of County Executive in 2013, and has previously served as the supervisor of the Town of Chester.

Prior to holding public office, Neuhaus worked in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and the Walden Village Manager’s Office. He was also the vice president of special projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery.

A Monroe-Woodbury graduate, Neuhaus received a bachelor’s degree in history/political science from Mount Saint Mary College and his Master of Public Administration from Marist College. He is also a graduate of Leadership Orange.

After 9/11, Neuhaus enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserve. Currently, Neuhaus is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve assigned to a Naval Special Warfare team.


Challenger Patrick Davis

Patrick Davis is an Army veteran of the War in Iraq and a director in the Manhattan offices of the global firm PwC, where he advises financial services clients on compliance with federal regulations.

In addition to his time at PwC, Davis has also worked as a manager for Ernst & Young and as a director for AlixPartners, both in New York City.

Davis received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, his master’s degree in civil engineering, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Davis served two combat tours in Iraq, first as a platoon leader and then as the lead logistics officer of a 600-person Army Cavalry unit. Davis lives in Monroe with his wife, a fellow West Point graduate and Army veteran, and their two children.