19th District Congressional candidate Jeff Beals, a former CIA agent and State Department staffer in the Middle East, this afternoon burnished his progressive credentials before 40 voters in Sunday forums in Cooperstown Village Hall for candidates running against U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook. He embraced his endorsement by Bernie Sanders’ progressive, called for “Medicare for All,” and told the gathering when they here any of the seven Democrats being called “carpetbaggers,” they should respond that Faso is a “corporate-bagger,” given the sources of his funding. Beals, currently a history teacher at a private school in Woodstock, said his family has associations with the Catskills and current 19th District going back two generations, and said he is one of only tw0 of the seven Democratic candidates vying in the June 26 primary who actually voted locally in 2016. Listening to Beals are Bob Eklund, New Lisbon, left, and Ken Fogarty, Chenango County, right. Inset, one of Oneonta Assembly candidate Dan Buttermann’s daughter returns from handing moderator Richard Sternberg a written question from the audience. Sternberg announced Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the latest Democrat in the race, will appear at a Sunday forum at 3 p.m. April 22. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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More than 80 local Democrats filled the meeting room at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club this afternoon to hear what so far is a field of six candidates seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, in the November 2018 election. They are, from left in photo at right (click image for full sized): Brian Flynn, a business executive and entrepreneur from Greene County; Jeff Beal, a former diplomat, now a teacher at Woodstock; Antonio Delgado, a former Rhodes Scholar and lawyer from Rhinebeck; Sue Sullivan, a Cooperstown Central graduate and hospital executive (now a consultant); Gareth Rhodes, a Kingston lawyer and former staffer for Governor Cuomo, and Steven Brisee, Wallkill, who is translating code in a high-tech company. A range of topics was addressed as each gave nine-minute presentations, foremost Faso’s vote last week in favor of the American Health Care Act. The forum was organized by Cooperstown’s Richard Sternberg, who is leading the Otsego County Democratic Committee’s candidate recruitment effort. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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ELECTION NIGHT 2016
With 647 of 687 precincts reporting in the 19th Congressional District, it appears John Faso will succeed his Kinderhook neighbor, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, in the district that includes Otsego County.
Teachout, a Fordham law professor who moved from The Bronx to Dover Plains, in the district’s southeastern corner, was soundly beaten in Otsego County. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Faso had tallied 12,653 (56.94 percent) to Teachout’s 9,548 (42.97 percent).
Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, who are running to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, will be facing off at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy, but you can follow the exchange live at this link: