Beals calls himself a progressive Democrat in NY-19 battle

June 14, 2018 10:47 AM

In less than two weeks, New York Democrats will head to the polls in New York's 19th Congressional District to narrow a crowded field of primary contenders down to one. That person will face off against Republican incumbent John Faso in what will be one of the closest-watched races in the country.

One of those Democratic hopefuls is 41-year-old Jeff Beals of Woodstock.

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Beals attended Harvard University and began his career as a CIA intelligence officer before working for the U.S. State Department.

"I was a United States diplomat in the West Bank in Gaza strip," he explained. "I went on to become a United States diplomat in Iraq, where I helped to push for peace there and negotiate agreements so that we could end the war."

Today, he is a schoolteacher and continues to help oversee a family farm in Putnam County. The candidate in New York's 19th Congressional District calls himself a progressive Democrat.

"A progressive Democrat is someone who believes that our government can be a positive force for making opportunity available to all Americans. We achieved this in the past through great progressive programs like Social Security," he noted.

Beals believes the primary and the election come down to one thing -- voters asking themselves who they are.

"I think we're a party of working people in our home, who are trying to get by and believe that they can do better than they're doing right now. That's what I'm standing up for," he noted.

He says his priorities for the district promote people power.

"That means forgiving student loan debt, raising Social Security benefits for our seniors, allowing our students to get a leg up through free public tuition at universities and allowing all working people to achieve the dream of a working, livable wage for a job," pointed out Beals.

Stay with NewsChannel 13 as we close in on Primary Day. We'll continue profiling the candidates so voters can make an informed decision.


Jerry Gretzinger

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