NY19 Candidates

NY19 Candidates

CD 19 Hopefuls Meet with New Paltz Dems

New Paltz Dems member Orna Gorosh speaks with CD 19 hopeful Jeff Beals following the committee’s Feb. 8 meeting at NP Village Hall (Photo: Jump Creative Group)

Congressional candidates hoping to become the Democratic nominee this Fall will speak at upcoming New Paltz Democratic Committee meetings ahead of the June primary. Appearances by the candidates give Committee members a chance to personally question the Congressional hopefuls and drill down on policy issues that will be of concern to CD19 voters this year.

The primary purpose of the meetings is for Committee members to pose questions and gauge the electability of each candidate against the sitting Republican, John Faso. The meetings are also opportunities for registered New Paltz Democrats to see these interactions in an intimate political setting. New Paltz Democratic Committee meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., in Village Hall.

On Thursday, February 8, Jeff Beals (Woodstock) [above] along with rival Gareth Rhodes (Kerhonkson) met the Dems and answered questions for more than an hour covering a wide range of topics from health care to the development of small agricultural business in the district. Beals, a former diplomat who served in Iraq, and Rhodes, who grew up in Rifton and has vowed to visit every town in the Congressional district, answered rigorous rounds of questions from Committee members and other attendees.

On Thursday, March 8, Brian Flynn (Elka Park) will be the final candidate to meet the Committee. Flynn is a former small businessman whose number one issue for the district is jobs.

It is important to note that the 19th Congressional District was reorganized following Maurice Hinchey’s retirement from Congress in January 2013 and is considered an important swing district this cycle. It now includes all of Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Sullivan, Delaware, Schoharie and Otsego counties and most of Dutchess County. Additionally, the district includes sections of Rensselaer and Montgomery counties and a bit of Broome County — eleven in total. While the NY 19th district “leans Republican,” Ulster County Executive Mike Hein recently told members of the New Paltz Dems that, if the Democratic nominee can carry Ulster by 14 or 15 points, it will be possible to unseat Faso.

For more information on the candidates:

Jeffrey Beals

David Clegg

Antonio Delgado

Brian Flynn

Gareth Rhodes

Patrick Ryan