Meet the Candidates

Congressional Democratic Primary (NY-19)

Bard is in one of the most competitive battleground regions in the country. In 2017, elections in Dutchess county were won and lost by single-digits. Every single vote can make the difference between Democratic and Republican control. 

The 2018 midterms will be crucial. Control over the House of Representatives hangs in the balance. Republicans have overextended themselves by passing one disastrous bill after another. Our Congressman, John Faso (R), who played a critical role in pushing for the Republican repeal of Obamacare, is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country. The primary will take place in June and will require an absentee ballot.

Here are the Democratic candidates running to repeal and replace him.



Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado lives in Rhinebeck, NY. Antonio earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford from Colgate University. Before earning a law degree from Harvard, Antonio developed a company that empowered young people to learn through music.


Jeff Beals

Jeffrey Beals lives and teaches in Woodstock, NY. Jeff began his career as a CIA Intelligence Officer and was one of the longest serving U.S. diplomats during the Iraq War. He was decorated by both the Army and the State Department.


Gareth Rhodes

Gareth Rhodes grew up in Ulster County. After studying political science and economics at CUNY City College he worked as an aide for NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. He then attended Harvard Law and has taken a leave from his studies to run for Congress.


Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn is a business owner from Greene County, NY. After his brother was killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing, Brian headed to Washington D.C. and spent years fighting for safety regulations to prevent the same type of attack.


Dave Clegg

David Clegg is a Woodstock resident with a Kingston law practice. Dave is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and an ordained Deacon at St James Methodist Church in Kingston, NY. Dave is active in several community service organizations.


Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan is a businessman and Kingston, NY native. Pat is a West Point trained Army officer and technology entrepreneur. He served two combat tours in Iraq, and returned home to start two businesses to deliver better technology to our troops overseas.