The 19th Congressional District is one of the largest in the state, stretching from the Capital Region through the Hudson Valley and into the Southern Tier. It’s currently represented by Republican Congressman John Faso, a freshman who was once minority leader in the state Assembly. Antonio Delgado won the Democratic primary in June. Candidates also appear on the Green, Working Families and Women's Equality party lines.
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John Faso is a former Assembly minority leader first elected to Congress in 2016. The Republican lives in Kinderhook.
Here is where he stands on the big issues facing the district:
Economy/jobs: Wants to reform outdated regulations to help businesses and employees prosper. Boost apprenticeship programs and cut taxes for small businesses.
Health care: Favors replacing the Affordable Care Act with other legislation. Wants to improve medical research and reduce gaps in pediatric health care.
Antonio Delgado is an attorney and business owner who grew up in Schenectady and now lives in Rhinebeck. He says he’s running because his life “a product of the American Dream” but that dream is out of reach for many working families. His top issues are universal health care, revising the tax code and fighting climate change.
Health care: Supports Medicare for All, but says all paths to universal coverage must be considered.
Economy: Will push for more banks to lend to small business in the district, oppose trade agreements that aren’t beneficial to the region and call for an increase in the minimum wage.