Capital Region

Democratic primaries are Tuesday

Primaries in 19th and 21st congressional districts
Voters make their choices at Schalmont High School in 2014.
Voters make their choices at Schalmont High School in 2014.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT & 21st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Tuesday is decision day for the crowded field of Democrats running for Congress in two districts that include parts of the Capital Region.

Polling places in the 19th and 21st congressional districts will be open from noon to 9 p.m., as seven candidates for the 19th and five for the 21st compete for the right to run against incumbent Republican members of Congress.

Only registered Democrats are eligible to vote in the party primary.

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In the 19th district, those running include Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck; Gareth Rhodes of Kerhonksen; Erin Collier of Cooperstown; Brian Flynn of Hunter; Jeffrey Beals of Woodstock; David Clegg of Kingston, and Pat Ryan of Gardinier. They are competing for the right to take on U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, who is completing his freshman term in Congress, though he has been a figure in state politics for decades.

In the 21st, the Democrats running are Tedra Cobb of Hermon; Dylan Ratigan of Lake Placid; Katie Wilson of Keene; Emily Martz of Saranac Lake, and Patrick Nelson of Stillwater. They’d each like the nomination to try to unseat U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, as she seeks a third two-year term.

The 19th District includes western Montgomery County and all of Schoharie County, and those counties’ boards of elections will be open on Tuesday to field questions and handle returns.

The 21st District includes the northern half of Saratoga County and all of Fulton County, where election officials will also be available to field questions.

State Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood said her office will operate its statewide election hotline for anyone who experiences problems voting. People with concerns can call 1-800-771-7755, or email [email protected] between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. (Downstate polling places open at 6 a.m.)

Underwood’s office also has a website for people looking to find their polling places:

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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