Hein says he’ll make decision on run for NY-19 by end of July

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said on Monday that by the end of July he’ll make a decision on whether to run for congress next year against freshman Rep. John Faso.

Hein, a Town of Hurley Democrat who’s in his third term as Ulster County executive, said he’s been humbled by frequent requests to run for congress in the 19th Congressional District and will make the decision with his family.

In the early run up to the 2016 elections Democratic county chairs had urged Hein to run for congress. He explored the option and was even seen in Kingston speaking with members of Tucker Green Consulting, Inc., a Manhattan-based campaign consulting firm.

Hein said when he was exploring a run for congress, which was in late 2015, his team had polls that put him 4-5 points ahead of Faso.

But Hein declined to run in December 2015 and the Democratic primary was won the next year by Zephyr Teachout, who went on to lose in the November general election by Faso. Faso, a Kinderhook Republican, is an attorney and former state assemblyman.

Hein said that he felt it was important to make a decision early on whether he’ll run, considering the large interest in taking on Faso by a growing number of Democrats.

So far a whopping six Democrats have said they’re interested in taking on Faso, despite the election not being until November 2018. The district, which includes all or part of 11 counties, includes all of Sullivan and Ulster counties.

The crowded Democratic field 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, 52-year-old Sue Sullivan of Plattekill and 40-year-old Jeffrey Beal of Woodstock. 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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