Dems Sweep Midterm Elections

Dems Sweep Midterm Elections

 

CD 19 Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado (D)After a year-long effort and near-record high voter turnout for a midterm election, Democrats triumphed in three key races on November 6, 2018. Antonio Delgado unseated the incumbent congressman in CD 19, Republican John Faso, garnering 49.26% of the vote to Faso’s 46.42%. Delgado will serve as the first African-American member of congress from New York’s 19th district and the first Democrat since the late Maurice Hinchey.

NY State Senator-elect Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale) For State Senate in District 42, which includes New Paltz, town councilwoman Jen Metzger defeated Orange County clerk Ann G. Rabbitt (R) 50.08% to 47.45% or by about 2,522 votes.

Ulster County Sheriff-elect Juan Figueroa (D-Plattekill)In the race for Ulster County Sheriff, the county’s only elected law enforcement official, Democratic challenger Juan Figueroa, a Marine and former State Trooper from Plattekill, handily trounced three-term incumbent Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum (a former Democrat who ran on the Republican Party line). Figueroa earned 37,945 votes to VanBlarcum’s 33,814.

In addition to high turnouts throughout Ulster County, this midterm election was distinguished by a strong showing in New Paltz ED 9, on the SUNY campus, where about 1000 votes were cast.