Rhodes starts RV tour of 19th District

Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes took to the road in a Winnebago this week, saying he plans to navigate his RV through all 163 towns and cities in New York’s sprawling 19th District to talk to voters as he seeks support for a run next year.

Rhodes, one of six Democrats competing to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso in 2018, released a video announcing his RV journey (“The Rhodes Trip”) on Tuesday in which he emphasizes his Ulster County roots – raised on a farm in Esopos in a Bruderhof family, graduated  from Kingston High School in 2006, worked the counter at Frank’s Village Market & Deli in Marlboro. Only 29 years old, Rhodes was a deputy press secretary for Gov. Andrew Cuomo from 2011 to 2015 and is currently on leave from Harvard Law School, where he has completed two years.

Rhodes started his ride in Kingston and said he’ll accompany local and county candidates for the next few weeks as they campaign for the Nov. 7 elections. He plans to continue touring the district up through next June, when the  Democrats who remain in the 19th District race will compete in a primary.

“Unlike John Faso and the typical politicians who only pop up in your mailbox or on your TV, I’ll be coming to you in person – to your door, your local diner, your farm, your firehouse – talking about why I’m so hopeful for our future,” he said in a press release.

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