Jim Coughlan, one of several Republicans vying for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson this year, has received the backing the Dutchess County Conservative and Independence parties, his campaign announced on Friday.

The move comes several days after former Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus announced in an email to supporters he would enter the race.

But the Steinhaus entrance did little encourage other candidates to leave the race.

In addition to Coughlan, the Dutchess county comptroller, and Steinhaus, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik and Board of Legislators Chairman Robert Rolison are also seeking the Republican nomination.

“A lone voice for fiscal sanity Jim stood up against Bill Steinhaus and his own party leadership over irresponsible and runaway spending. He’s a fighter who has proven to be a true independent regardless of the cost. I know Jim will fight for what’s right in Albany and we are proud to endorse him for State Senate,” said Dutchess Independence Chairman Dennis Zack.

Dutchess Conservative Chairman Hal Brilliant said, “We have 3 candidates with proud records of public service, but only one candidate gives us a chance to defeat liberal State Senator Terry Gipson and that’s Jim Coughlan.”

Having a candidate receive the ballot lines is especially key in the Hudson Valley Senate district after Republican Sen. Stephen Saland failed to get the Conservative Party’s nomination, losing it to Neil DiCarlo.

The presence of DiCarlo on the ballot is attributed, in part, to Gipson’s victory in the Senate district.

The 41st Senate District is considered one of the more competitive state Senate races this year.