Fifth Democrat throws hat in the ring against Faso

19th Congressional District candidate Sue Sullivan

Yet another Democrat has announced a run for the 19th Congressional District against Rep. John Faso, despite the election not being until November 2018.

Sue Sullivan, a Plattekill resident and businesswoman, announced Wednesday that she’ll challenge Faso, R-Kinderhook. She’s the fifth Democrat to say she wants to run against Faso, despite the election being almost a year and a half away.

The district includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties. Faso is a freshman congressman, attorney and former state assemblyman.

Sullivan, 52, has several titles under her belt, according to her campaign website.

She’s the former vice president of government affairs and development with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh and founder of the non-profit Greater Newburgh Partnership, which is charged with bringing together private, public and not-for-profit segments of the community.

She also served as the first director of development and communications at the Mohonk Preserve.

Currently Sullivan has her own consulting firm in Newburgh, iSER Consulting. The company helps businesses and people with grant writing, planning, branding, project management, community relations and helping to secure funding for job growth.

Sullivan said that she was inspired to run after attending the massive Women’s March on Washington with her mother, son, two sisters, niece and cousins. The protest march held in Washington D.C. in January came a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

“Like others, the day after elections I woke up and was very troubled,” Sullivan said.

After the march, Sullivan said her mother challenged her to run for office. She then began exploring a run, studying prior elections, opponents and Faso.

“This was not part of my life’s strategic plan,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said that her campaign will focus on her roots in the region and the issues facing local voters, such as healthcare and job creation through small businesses. She pointed to her prior positions as giving her “a track record for getting things done.”

The crowded Democratic field for the 19th district so far includes 28-year-old Gareth Rhodes of Kerhonkson, 40-year-old Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck, 26-year-old Steven Brisee of Walden and 47-year-old Brian Flynn of Hunter. Flynn and Delgado have already raised significant funds for their runs, according to federal election records. Faso has filed to run for reelection 2018.

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