Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is yet to publicly declare he’s a candidate for governor, but his embryonic campaign on Wednesday trumpeted a series of endorsements from Republican county chairs.

The push for Molinaro comes after he won a straw poll on Friday at a meeting of GOP officials. Though his campaign is not completely official, Molinaro appears to have the backing of major county chairs, including Suffolk County’s John LaValle — who controls a large portion of the weighted vote.

All told, Molinaro picked up the endorsements of eight county chairs announced Wednesday: Suffolk, Dutchess, Essex, Monroe, Rockland, Schoharie, Chemung and Steuben.

“I have long known that Marc Molinaro would be the right person to be our governor,” said Chemung County Chairman Rodney Strange. “He will return honor, respect and dignity to the Governor’s office and I am proud to endorse him.”

Molinaro also has the backing, at least in the straw poll last week, from Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy, another large county with a heavy share of weighted votes.

Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican, has announced county chair endorsements of his own, but is yet to pick up large GOP counties that could help him counter some of the bigger endorsements Molinaro has received.

DeFrancisco has said he wants to avoid a primary and would back the party’s designated nominee.