—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Delaware County Democratic Committee

Contact: Kathleen Hayek
Phone: 347 564 5288
Email: chair@dcnydems.org

The Delaware County Democratic Committee endorses Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan as the proven leader to finish Lt. Governor Delgado’s term in Congress. They urge all voters to vote for Pat in the Special Election on August 23, 2022.

Delaware County, NY: Democratic Town Committee Chairs and members from across Delaware County NY enthusiastically endorse Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan as the candidate best able to fill the remainder of Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado’s term in Congress. Ryan will face Republican Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive, in the CD19 Special Election scheduled for August 23rd.

Kathleen Hayek, Chair of the Delaware County Democrats states, “Pat was a frontrunner in the CD19 primary elections of 2018, and has maintained relationships established within the district ever since. We consider ourselves fortunate that such a highly qualified, and proven public servant as our friend, Pat Ryan, has decided to run in the Special Election to complete Delgado’s term in the “old” CD19. We will enthusiastically do all we can to get out the Delaware County vote for him.”

“We’ve got plenty of career politicians in Washington; what we need more of are leaders who’ve actually laid it on the line for our country — served in combat, built a business, united people during tough times. Today, I’m proud to be nominated to run in the special election to fill the remainder of Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado’s term,” said Pat Ryan. “Upstate New Yorkers are tough, but we’ve had a hell of a few years. While recovering from the pandemic, we’ve seen gas and grocery prices rise, wages remain stagnant, and a coordinated attack on women’s reproductive rights. I’m running for Congress to bring the type of common-sense solutions needed to move our country forward.”

“Pat Ryan is an incredible leader who always puts his country and community before politics. From serving in Iraq to leading Ulster County during the pandemic, Pat knows that delivering results is what truly matters. I’m honored to support him in the special election,” said Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado.

“With our democracy and basic rights facing unprecedented threats, we need leaders who will put their communities over partisan politics. Time and again, Pat Ryan has shown us that he is that type of leader. From his time at West Point, to serving our country in Iraq, and leading Ulster County through the pandemic, Pat is someone who understands that results matter. I’m honored to support his special election to Congress,” said Governor Kathy Hochul.

“I’ve worked with Pat Ryan for years — he is a dedicated public servant who, after serving our country in Iraq, returned home, started a small business, and led Ulster through the pandemic as county executive. I can think of no better successor to Rep. Antonio Delgado than Pat, and I look forward to working together to win this special election,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, DCCC Chairman.

“As our County Executive, Pat Ryan has proven to be extraordinarily well equipped to lead in a crisis, and he’s exactly the kind of leader we need representing us in Congress right now,” said Kelleigh McKenzie, Chair of the Ulster County Democratic Committee.

A fifth-generation Ulster County resident and West Point graduate who served two combat tours in Iraq as an Army intelligence officer, Pat Ryan was first elected to lead Ulster County at a Special Election in April, 2019 and went on to win a landslide victory in the General Election later that year. Prior to serving as County Executive, he founded a small technology company, which he grew to over 150 employees.

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NOTE: Newly drawn congressional district maps will take effect on January 1, 2023, and Pat Ryan will run to serve in the 2023-24 Congress in the new CD18, which overlaps with the current CD19 and includes part of Ulster and Dutchess Counties, and all of Orange County.

WHO WILL BE ON THE BALLOT FOR NY19 NEXT TERM?

Registered Democratic voters in Delaware County will decide — in a primary election also on August 23rd. It will be a separate ballot. Voters will chose between candidates JOSH RILEY and JAMIE CHENEY.