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19th Congressional District

Cooperstown Debate Lets Candidates Ask The Questions

Cooperstown Debate Lets

Candidates Ask Questions

All seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 19th Congressional District gathered in Cooperstown tonight for a debate, which was formatted to allow each candidate to ask one question that the other candidates had to answer. The format allowed candidates to showcase their strengths, while also allowing the audience to view the candidates under a more critical light, according to organizer Richard Sternberg. The debate, held in the Sterling Auditorium at Cooperstown Central School, brought Democrats from across the county to hear from all of the candidates. The Democratic primary election will be held on June 26 to determine who will go toe-to-toe with Faso in the general election to be held on Nov. 6.  The 300-seat auditorium was almost filled. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Hometown Crowd Cheers Cooperstown’s Erin Collier

Hometown Crowd Cheers

Cooperstown’s Erin Collier

Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the only Otsego County candidate in the race in the 19th Congressional District Democratic primary race, pauses with family members after she was warmly applauded by a local crowd after a forum that ended a few minutes ago in the Village Hall ballroom.  Seated from right are sisters Erica and Jessica Collier, the candidate, and grandmom Shirley Banner and her friend, Leon Spicer.  Standing from right are Jessica’s fiance Lance Lowell, parents Steve and Evelyn Collier, beef farmers in the Town of Middlefield, and brother Todd Collier.  (Another brother, John Collier, and his wife, Karen, were away on vacation this week.)  During 70 minutes that included a presentation and Q&A, Erin, an economist who works for USAID, a federal famine-prevention agency, fielded questions ranging from how to expand local healthcare to how to firm up Social Security, expressed confidence her nomination petitions would withstand a challenge.   She reported her “great, great, great, great, great grandfather” moved to the county “after fighting the Revolutionary War,” and Colliersville bear her family’s name.  Milford’s Banner Hill is named after her mother’s family.  The candidate is due at a forum at 6 p.m. today in Lecture Hall One at SUNY Oneonta HIRC building, sponsored by the college’s Young Democrats.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Jeff Beals Promotes Progressive Agenda

Jeff Beals Promotes

Progressive Agenda

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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6 Democrats Draw Battle Lines V. Faso

CANDIDATES IN ONEONTA TODAY

6 Democrats Draw

Battle Lines V. Faso

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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FASO TIDE SINKS TEACHOUT IN 19TH

ELECTION NIGHT 2016

FASO TIDE SINKS

TEACHOUT IN 19TH

John Faso
John Faso

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.

ballot-boxAs of a few minutes ago, Faso was leading Democrat Zephyr Teachout by 145,825 to 118,141, and word was the former Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2006 was preparing a victory speech.

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).

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Follow Teachout, Faso Debate Livestreaming From Troy

Follow Teachout, Faso Debate

Livestreaming From Troy Site

ballot-boxThe candidates in the 19th Congressional District that includes Otsego County will debate at 8 p.m. today.

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:

HERE’S THE LINK TO FASO-TEACHOUT DEBATE
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