Month: September 2017

19th Congressional District, 2018 Democratic Candidates

19th Congressional District, 2018 Democratic Candidates

Clockwise from top-left: Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhoades, Patrick Ryan, Sue Sullivan, David Clegg, Stephen Brisee, Antonio Delgado, Jeffrey Beals

Brian Flynn, 47, of Hunter in Greene County is an entrepreneur and small businessman. Flynn’s campaign website touts his creation of hundreds of jobs across the region and his efforts to fight terrorism after the death of his brother in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Gareth Rhodes, 28 is an Esopus native, former White House intern and press aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Rhodes is taking a leave from Harvard Law School to run for the congressional seat.

Patrick Ryan, 35, is a Kingston native and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. During his time in the service, Ryan served two tours of duty in Iraq. Ryan left the Army with the rank of captain. He resides in New York City where he works in data analysis. Ryan announced plans to return to the Hudson Valley to seek the NY-19 seat.

Sue Sullivan, 52, is an Ulster County resident and former executive at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Sullivan is also founding executive director of the Greater Newburgh Partnership and former development and communications director at the Mohonk Preserve. Sullivan is currently the president and CEO of ISER Consulting.

David Clegg, 64, is a Kingston-based attorney in private practice. Clegg is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and an ordained deacon at Kingston’s St. James United Methodist Church. Clegg serves as chairman of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission.

Steven Brisee is a 26-year-old Orange County resident who has announced plans to move to Gardiner, in the 19th Congressional District. Brisee is a technology “policy architect.” According to a LinkedIn profile, Brisee most recently worked for Citi Financial Services designing and implementing protocols for data security, compliance and risk management.

Antonio Delgado is a 40-year-old Schenectady native and current Rhinebeck resident. Delgado is a former Rhodes Scholar, graduate of Harvard Law School and former CEO of a hip-hop entertainment company. He currently works as an attorney for powerhouse law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Jeffrey Beals is a 40-year-old Woodstock resident, a member of the town’s Democratic Committee and teacher at Woodstock Day School. Beals is a Harvard graduate who returned to the Hudson Valley after a career with the CIA and the U.S. State Department, where he served as a diplomat in the Mideast. At an appearance in Kingston last week, Beals announced he would undertake grassroots organizing efforts throughout the 19th Congressional District as part of an “11-county strategy.”

2017 Democratic Primary Election Results

2017 Democratic Primary Election Results

The results are in. Congratulations to Neil Bettez on winning the spot for Town Supervisor. Congratulations to Daniel Torres and David Brownstein on winning the spots for Town Councilman. This was one of the largest voter turnouts in any election. This year the New Paltz Democratic Committee switched from holding elections through caucusing, to holding a primary election. We are excited by the large number of voters engaged in the democratic process and look forward to the general elections on Novemember 7th, 2017.

Here is a breakdown of the results taken from

Thank you Marty Irwin, and Jennifer Ippolito for running in the democratic primary.