Delgado ahead of Van De Water; Delgado claims victory Wednesday

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U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, claimed victory Wednesday morning in his race for a second term against Kyle Van De Water, R-Millbrook.

With 619 of 619 districts reporting, Delgado held 141,751 votes, or 47.59 percent, to Van De Water’s 134,503 votes, or 45.15 percent, according to state numbers.

Delgado indicated in a release that their date indicates that once absentee ballots are counted, that his lead will grow.

“The people of New York’s 19th Congressional District have made their voices heard and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve again,” Delgado said in a statement issued mid-day Wednesday.

 

Earlier:

U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, appeared to finish election night narrowly ahead of challenger Kyle Van De Water, R-Millbrook, but that was with absentee ballots yet to be counted, according to Associated Press numbers. If Delgado is successful in Tuesday’s election, he will secure a second term serving New York’s 11-county 19th Congressional district.

With 619 of 619 districts reporting, Delgado held 141,751 votes, or 47.59 percent, to Van De Water’s 134,503 votes, or 45.15 percent, according to state numbers.

Pre-election, Delgado stated that his goals for a second term included the continued expansion of broadband internet access throughout the 19th Congressional District. He also said he will pursue COVID-related stimulus relief funding for his constituents, including small business owners.

An additional goal, he said, would be to seek grant funding for community growth-oriented projects, potentially including the ongoing Exit 29, former Beech-Nut revitalization in downtown Canajoharie.

In terms of advocating for that project, Delgado said that he has the capacity to have a dialogue with agencies that could provide grant funding. The project falls in line with Delgado’s goal to create manufacturing jobs in District 19 and throughout New York State.

Van De Water outlined goals on his official website, including the adoption of a tax code wherein all contribute fairly. He also said he would push for the opening of businesses via tax cut incentives, and issue support to farmers.

In his opening statement during an October debate with his opponent, Van De Water spoke about a perceived divide between Republicans and Democrats, while Delgado highlighted the importance of collaboration.

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During that debate, Van De Water said of his political ambitions, “I’m running for Congress because the far left has failed the United States of America.”

“To come back,” from eight years of active duty, “to a state that’s a one party system state” was discouraging, he said. Van De Water added, “And that one party has done nothing but fail this state.”

Regarding his decision to run for a second Congressional term, Delgado stated that in traveling throughout District 19, talking to small business owners, health care workers, firefighters, farmers and teachers, “I can hear the pain in peoples’ voice — the uncertainty around the corner.”

“But,” continued Delgado, “I’m also here to tell you we can get through it … if we come together, work together — if we put people before politics — if we think about the community, love our neighbors, show compassion and do the work.”

Asked how, if elected, he will engage with constituents during the pandemic, Van De Water responded, “I plan on spending my time here in NY-19,” talking to farmers and small business owners, “and meeting people one-on-one.”

He said that since lockdown restrictions in his area were lifted, he’s actively met with voters. Addressing potential constituents, he said, “I promise you, you are my constituent — not somebody from San Francisco, not someone from Los Angeles, not someone from Chicago, and not someone from Washington, DC. I will listen to the people. I will be talking to the people and I am the every man. I am the peoples’ man.”

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Asked how he has engaged with his constituents since the pandemic began, Delgado said, “One of the things I learned early on is that a lot of people on the ground felt unheard.” The fact that people don’t feel a connection to the politicians “supposedly doing work on their behalf,” he said, is a partisan issue.

During the pandemic, Delgado held virtual town halls for 10 weeks, having experts speak to the public during each “to make sure that the community at large could stay connected.” He then took that information, “and got busy on legislation to get us through COVID-19.”

Since he was elected in 2018, Delgado has held 47 town halls, including three in each of District 19’s 11 counties. He has established five district offices and four locally-based bi-partisan advisory groups. Delgado has introduced 40 bills, 18 of which passed through the House of Representatives, three being signed into law by the United States President, including the Family Farmer Relief Act and the Small Business Payment Relief Act.

“This engagement on the ground has led to legislative success,” said Delgado. “The work continues and I would be more than humbled and blessed and honored to continue to serve on everybody’s behalf.”

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