SOMERS, N.Y. – Jim Chisholm, chairman of the Somers Republican Committee, is running for Westchester County clerk, he confirmed to Yorktown News. He is expected to formally announce his candidacy tomorrow morning.
Chisholm, a 34-year Somers resident, has also served as president of the Somers Chamber of Commerce and president of the Somers Lions Club. Four years ago, he managed former Somers town supervisor Mary Beth Murphy’s campaign for Westchester County clerk.
Chisholm’s opponent will likely be Democrat Tim Idoni, who has served as county clerk since 2006. Before that, he served as mayor of New Rochelle for 14 years. Idoni told Yorktown News that he is seeking a fourth term, though he has not made a formal announcement.
Chisholm, on the other hand, has spent most of his political career behind the scenes. He began his foray into Republican politics after growing up in Yonkers three doors down from Malcolm Wilson, who served as governor of New York from 1973-74. A lifelong Westchester resident, he has also lived in Eastchester and Bedford before moving to Somers about three decades ago.
He currently serves as chairman of the Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board. He has also served as chairman of the Playland Citizens Committee.
Locally, he is chairman of the Somers Republican Committee, which endorses, raises funds and backs candidates for local office. In 2008, he received Chairman of the Year honors from the Westchester Republican Committee.
Chisholm has a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University and an MBA from Iona College. Professionally, he is the former president and CEO of United Processing Corp., which processes credit card transactions for many local businesses. He founded the company 20 years ago and sold it last year.
Chisholm’s retirement lasted about 24 hours. Shortly after selling his company, he joined the New York State Board of Elections, focusing on integrity in the voting process, he said.