Ulster County native, 29, youngest contender in primary for NY-19

June 06, 2018 12:45 PM

We're getting down to the wire in New York's 19th Congressional District, where seven candidates are still duking it out ahead of the upcoming Democratic primary. Each of them is hoping to unseat Republican John Faso in the November election. It's one of the most closely watched races in the country.

NewsChannel 13 continues to profile the candidates and meet the youngest contender, Gareth Rhodes.

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The 29-year-old touts being born and raised in rural Ulster County, that he grew up working a farm and picking corn in Esopus and digging wells after high school before going to college in the big city.

"I became the first in my family to earn a four-year degree thanks to Pell Grants, TAP Aid, working down at CUNY City College" he explained.

When asked why Democrats should send him to face off against Republican John Faso in the 19th Congressional race, his first response includes a commitment to be no stranger to constituents.

"I will go to every town in this district once elected every single year. That's the kind of work that we need to both win this seat and then keep it for years to come," asserted Rhodes.

He also points to his experience working in the Cuomo administration for about five years. 

His priorities for the district?

"If it's with healthcare – making sure we fight for Medicare for all, to help make sure that our neighbors have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Standing up for our environment. I hiked every peak in Catskill Mountains. Making sure that acid rain's not going to come back again," he noted.

"Common sense gun safety reform. These are issues that are not just Democratic issues. We'll unite this district and make sure that we send Faso packing this fall," he avowed.

Keep it tuned to and NewsChannel 13. We'll continue to profile the candidates as we close in on Primary Day - June 26.


Jerry Gretzinger

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