Delgado, Ryan file first petitions in NY19 race (updated X4)

Antonio Delgado and Patrick Ryan were the first two Democrats to file petitions this week out of as many as nine potential candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso this year for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat.

Delgado and Ryan both gave their petitions to the state Board of Elections on Monday, three days ahead of the filing deadline. Delgado’s campaign said afterward it had collected almost 6,000 signatures – more than quadruple the 1,250 minimum – from all 11 counties in the 19th District, which includes Ulster and Sullivan counties.

“This is a powerful moment that shows how much grassroots support this campaign has built across the Hudson Valley and Catskills,” Delgado said in a press release. “I’ve said all along that nobody is going to outwork us.”

Five other Democrats – Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, Jeffrey Beals, David Clegg and Erin Collier - also are campaigning for Faso’s seat and will compete with Delgado and Rhodes in a June 26 primary if they submit petitions by Thursday. Two other potential candidates in the race are Steve Greenfield, who has said he will run on the Green Party line, and TV actress Diane Neal, who has registered as an independent candidate.

(Update: More petitions were filed on Wednesday. Faso submitted four – for the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform ballot lines. Clegg and Beals filed their Democratic petitions. Greenfield handed in his Green petition.

Faso’s campaign announced it collected 9,600 total signatures for the four petitions, 1,000 more than it gathered for his first run two years ago. “I’m running for re-election because Washington needs problem solvers not rabid partisanship,” Faso said in the release. “I’ll continue to focus my efforts on making Upstate New York more economically competitive, standing up for our farmers, tackling the opioid crisis and ensuring our veterans receive the services they’ve earned.”)

(Update #2: Flynn filed his petition on Thursday and appears to have far eclipsed Delgado’s signature boast. He’s got 1,098 petition pages vs. Delgado’s 619. — Scratch that. Flynn press release says he got more than 5,000 signatures.)

(Update #3: Rhodes has filed his petition. That will make seven Democrats running in a primary on June 26 once Collier files hers as well, assuming everybody’s petitions withstand any challenges.)

(Update #4: Collier’s petition is in.)

Delgado, Ryan and Rhodes all have touted their first-quarter fundraising totals before this Sunday’s deadline to file campaign finance reports. Delgado’s campaign announced it had raised more than $460,000 in the first three months of the year, while Ryan’s said it had raised more than $422,000 and Rhodes’ said it had collected about $240,000.

Flynn, a Greene County resident and small business owner, recently touted endorsements from the Transport Workers Union, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and Tony Cellini, former supervisor of the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County.

Delgado, an attorney who lives in Rhinebeck, announced on Tuesday the endorsement of Manna Jo Greene, an Ulster County legislator and longtime environmental activist. He was scheduled to speak that night to Hudson Valley Strong – an Indivisible chapter – at Rhinebeck Town Hall.

Ryan, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and lives in Gardiner, is scheduled to give a speech about that war – “What Went Wrong: A Veteran’s Perspective on Iraq” – tonight at Bard College in Dutchess County.

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