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POLITICAL LETTERS for 19th District Democratic primary


Seven Democrats running in next Tuesday’s primary for their party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in November, are, from right: lawyer Antonio Delgado, Rhinebeck; Woodstock teacher and former CIA agent Jeff Beals; business consultant Brian Flynn, Hunter; famine-aid worker Erin Collier, Cooperstown; former Cuomo aide Gareth Rhodes, Esopus; and, standing, Kingston lawyer David Clegg. At left is the moderator in last week’s debate at Cooperstown Central’s Sterling Auditorium. (Parker Fish/

Editor’s Note:  Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal went to press last night, and any further political letters regarding the Tuesday, June 26, Democratic primary received through next Monday will be published on  Please e-mail them to   The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. next Tuesday across Otsego County.

STERNBERG:  Flynn Will Be Attentive To Our County
MARIETTA:  Flynn Will Improve Healthcare Access
ABBATE:  Delgado Will Restore Dignity To Politics
STAMMEL: Service, Experience Qualify Pat Ryan
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/
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