Patrick J. Watson
For Dutchess County Legislator District 8


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As a resident of the City of Poughkeepsie for over 27 years, along with my wife and four children, I have been actively involved in our community in many ways - from Little League to municipal government review. I have the business experience to handle the difficult and complex issues addressed in the Dutchess County Legislature.

After serving as a trustee with the Poughkeepsie Public Library and as a Commissioner on the Poughkeepsie City Charter Review Commission, I felt that there was more that I may offer to our community. I decided to enter the Legislator race, following thoughtful conversations with family and community members.

Being a member of the Independence Party, I secured their endorsement as candidate for legislator for District 8 this spring. I have also received endorsements from the City and Town Republican Committees, the Dutchess County Conservative Party, and the Dutchess County Reform Party.

I advocate for

      • Pedestrian safety on our roadways, including improvements to walkways, crosswalks, and increased public education on the benefits of safe roadways.
      • Offering more activities for our youth, to allow them to feel integrated and productive within our community.
      • Providing businesses in our district with a representative in the legislature who understands their needs and aspirations.
      • An informed public, which has access to information about the issues and opportunities that the District possesses.

I want to make our community one that everyone is glad to be part of, and one that will prosper into the future. I believe that you do as well, and will support me in my candidacy for Dutchess County Legislator in District 8.

Community Involvement

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival

    • Member of team to create Festival in conjunction with Arts Mid-Hudson and Dutchess County Tourism
Our Lady of Lourdes High School
    • Parent/Administrative Committee
Holy Trinity School
    • Basketball Coach (girls/boys)
    • Home School Association
Holy Trinity Church
    • Parish Council
City of Poughkeepsie
    • Softball Coach
Missouri Special Olympics
    • Photographer
Young Audiences, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
    • Photographer/Publisher
National Blind Olympics
    • Photographer

Community Leadership

City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission
    • One of eight commissioners who reviewed and made substantive modifications to charter. Placed Charter amendment on ballot, November 2016, passed.
Poughkeepsie Public Library District (2nd term)
    • Board of Trustees
Catholic School Network
    • Coordinator of Dutchess and Ulster County Chapter - 2002
Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Main Street Revitalization Committee
Poughkeepsie Public Library District (1st term)
    • Board of Trustees 1999-2000
American Society of Picture Professionals
    • Executive Board member of New York City 1998


Married to Denise for 37 years. I have four children: James, John, Sarah and Matthew.

©Patrick J. Watson

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