Rhodes finishes tour of all 163 towns in 19th District


Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes completed his mission to visit all 163 towns in New York’s 19th District with a stop on Monday in its least populated town : Hardenburgh, a patch of the Catskills in western Ulster County with just over 200 inhabitants.

Rhodes, a 29-year-old Ulster County native and one of seven Democrats competing in a June 26 primary to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso, set out in an RV last fall to travel the entire district and meet voters – a task comparable to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s annual quest to stop in all 62 New York counties.

“We’ve taken our Winnebago through the Catskill Mountains, to the Mohawk River, and up and down the Hudson,” he said in a statement touting the tour’s completion on Monday. “We’ve talked to dairy farmers unable to make ends meet given the low price of milk, young people working three jobs and struggling to pay student debt, teachers being asked to do more with less, and firefighters without the resources to do their job.  Our campaign has always been about these stories.”

Rhodes now plans to hold town hall events in each of the 19th District’s 11 counties before the primary. The Ulster County one will be at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at his campaign office at 579 Broadway in Kingston. The Sullivan event will be at 6:30 p.m. June 24 at an undetermined location.

Rhodes also announced this week that Broome County Executive Jason Garnar endorsed him.

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