Democratic candidates lining up for 2018 runs in NY-19

Three Democratic candidates have  wasted little time in filing paperwork to run for New York’s 19th Congressional District, all citing as inspiration an aversion to the policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump.

Democrats Steven Mitchell Brisee, Brian Flynn and Antonio Delgado have all filed paperwork with the U.S. Federal Election Commission to run in the 19th district. The election isn’t until November 2018.

Current Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, has also filed paperwork to run for reelection in the district.

19th Congressional District candidate Steven Brisee

In Brisee’s FEC paperwork, filed on Dec. 14 last year, he lists his campaign address as 43 Van Werts Lane in Walden, which is in Orange County and not in the 19th Congressional District. In an email exchange, Brisee said he plans to move to Gardiner-area in Ulster County next month. A campaign website for Brisee, 26, says he was born in Cold Spring and attended Wallkill Senior High School.

Brisee, in an interview said he’s worked since January as a policy manager at Citi on regulatory risk, compliance and data security.

“My job is to keep big banks in line,” Brisee said.

Brisee, who’s never ran for political office before, said he decided to run after the election of Donald Trump and wanted to challenge his policies and Faso’s. He said he wants to be a candidate who represents millennials. He’s listed as his own campaign treasurer.

Also filing last month is Brian Flynn, 47, of Hunter in Greene County. His campaign website says he’s a small businessman, entrepreneur and husband with two children who’s spent the last 10 years in manufacturing. He also says he’s been a fighter of terrorism ever since his older brother was killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pam Am 103.

In an interview, Flynn said he’s the president of AccuMED Corp., a manufacturer of textile-based medical products that are used in hospitals. Flynn said he was also inspired to run after the election of Trump and concerns about jobs, healthcare, retirement and education. Flynn also cited his experience in working the corridors of power in Congress and other governmental entities to impose sanction after the Lockerbie bombing.

19th Congressional District candidate Brian Flynn

In a piece he penned in 2010 for The Daily Beast, Flynn talked about his family’s work lobbying Congress after the bombing and frustrations about the compassionate release of Abdel Baset al Megrahi, who was convicted in the attack.

Flynn’s campaign treasurer is listed as Jennifer May of Next Level Partners out of Washington D.C. She also served as the treasurer for the campaign of Zephyr Teachout, the Democrat who ran against Faso last year.

According to a story last year in the Buffalo News, AccuMED has been moving its headquarters from Western New York to North Carolina after being offered a slate of business incentives.

The third Democrat, 40-year-old Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck, filed paperwork to run in late February. Reached by phone, Delgado said he is exploring a run but has not yet made a decision. On his campaign website, he says he’s a father of two.

A LinkedIn page for Delgado shows he’s an attorney for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. A profile on the law firm’s website says he was a 1999 Oxford Rhodes Scholar who received his law degree from Harvard Law.

A 2011 wedding announcement in The New York Times says from 2005 to 2009, Delgado was a hip-hop performer and a chief executive of Los Angels-based music company, Statik Entertainment. He went by the name AD the Voice, according to Hybrid Magazine.

Antonio Delgado, who's exploring a run for the 19th Congressional District

In a brief statement, Delgado said he’s exploring a run because he feels he cannot stand by and watch the “deeply troubling” policies of Faso and the Trump administration.

“As someone who grew up in this area to a family that worked hard to rise into the middle class, I’m exploring a run because I cannot stand by and watch the American dream become unattainable for people in the Hudson Valley. I have received encouragement, but want to use this time to talk to volunteers, community leaders, and everyday people impacted by the deeply troubling policies coming from Faso and Trump,” Delgado said in a statement.

Delgado’s campaign treasurer is listed as Janica Kyriacopoulos out of Washington D.C.

Faso, R-Kinderhook, won election to the open 19th district seat last year after defeating Teachout, an anti-corruption activist. Former Congressman Chris Gibson decided not to run for a fourth term. Though polls showed the race between Faso and Teachout was neck and neck leading up to the election, Faso won by nearly 25,000 votes, about nine points.


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