Sullivan ends bid to run for Congress in ’18



Sue Sullivan, an Ulster County resident and former hospital administrator who hoped to run for Congress next year, announced this week that she’s leaving the already crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge Rep. John Faso after learning the brutal fundraising demands of today’s campaigns.

“I’ve made the decision to withdraw my candidacy after assessing my ability, as a first-time candidate, to raise the resources necessary to win this election,” Sullivan said in a message to her supporters posted on her campaign Facebook page on Monday. “We live in a political fundraising environment that dictates more time is spent on raising money that talking to people about the issues that affect our lives.”

Four other Democrats already had declared their candidacy for New York’s 19th Congressional District by the time Sullivan joined the pack in May. At the time, the 52-year-old Plattekill resident said that participating in the massive women’s march in Washington after President’s Trump’s inauguration inspired her to run, something she said had not been part of her “life’s strategic plan.” Sullivan is a business consultant who founded the non-profit Greater Newburgh Partnership and used to be vice president of government affairs and development with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

As of June 30, Sullivan ranked fifth in fundraising among the various Democrats courting support to challenge Faso when the Republican runs for a second term in 2018. Brian Flynn led the field at that time with nearly $716,000 on hand, followed by Antonio Delgado with $590,000 and Patrick Flynn with around $205,000. Sullivan had $40,000 in her coffers. The fundraising pace was so torrid that both Flynn and Delgado had managed to amass more cash than Faso.

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