A presidential candidate is setting up shop on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie.
Mike Bloomberg plans to open a Hudson Valley office on South Road in the coming weeks, according to his campaign.
Bloomberg is one of eight Democratic presidential candidates seeking to win the nomination and challenge, presumably, President Donald Trump in November's general election.
Bloomberg's office on the first floor of 2515 South Road is scheduled to be home to six employees, including a regional director, and volunteers. The office will be responsible for canvassing Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Broome, Columbia, Delaware, Green, Montgomery, Otsego and Schoharie counties, the campaign said. The office will also host canvassing and phone banking events, as well as other outreach activities.
The spot is located in the office building behind the Oakwood Commons retail center that features Red Robin, Five Guys and CVS.
"The Poughkeepsie office is part of our campaign strategy to ensure that every New York state resident can participate in this historic campaign," said John Calvelli, New York state director for the campaign. "This space, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, will be crucial to reaching voters throughout the region and providing why Mike is the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump in November."
The New York primary is scheduled for April 28.
Since joining the election in November, the former New York City Mayor has spent more than a half-billion dollars nationwide on digital, radio, and TV ads and offered high pay for staff.
The campaign's staff includes 2,000 deployed in 43 states and territories, and another in their Times Square headquarters in New York City, according to the campaign.
The candidates are preparing for Super Tuesday next week, when a third of the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination are up for grabs in states such as Virginia, California, Texas and North Carolina.
The office's opening is the Hudson Valley's first brush with the 2020 Presidential race, after Poughkeepsie was a popular spot for candidates in 2016 prior to the New York primary.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump each held rallies in the week leading up to the vote — Sanders visited Marist College and Trump was at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center — and Chelsea Clinton conducted an event in the City of Poughkeepsie in support of mother Hillary Clinton.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had ties to Dutchess County, as well. While Chelsea Clinton was married in Rhinebeck, Trump owns Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, in Stormville; and has family that own property in the region.
Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson was named a member of Trump's six-person reelection team in New York.