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CD 19 Hopefuls to Meet with New Paltz Dems

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.

CD-19 hopeful Antonio Delgado (l) with New Paltz Democratic Committee chair Josh Honig (r) at the New Paltz Dems January 11 meeting in Village Hall.

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, January 11, Antonio Delgado (Rhinebeck) 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. Delgado, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, is running a high powered campaign fueled by more funding than any other Democrat.

On Thursday, February 8, two candidates will attend the Committee meeting. Jeff Beals (Woodstock), a high school teacher and former foreign service officer who was posted in Israel and Iraq, will discuss his progressive agenda. Gareth Rhodes (Kerhonkson) will also stop by on February 8. Rhodes, grew up in the Woodcrest community in Esopus, graduated from Harvard Law School, and worked in Albany for Gov. Cuomo. He is criss-crossing the state and proudly seeking $19 contributions.

During the week that New Paltz Dems begin their canvas for nominating petition signatures, Thursday, March 8th, 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