19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT -- A Republican lawyer from Millbrook, Dutchess County, has emerged as a new possible opponent to U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado in the 19th Congressional District.
Kyle Van De Water, who is an attorney with a Poughkeepsie law firm, is an Army veteran who served eight years as a judge advocate and served in Afghanistan. He is currently a major in the Army Reserve JAG Corps.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Albany Law School, Van de Water previously served in elected office as a village trustee in Millbrook. He is married with four children.
It has been unclear whether Delgado, a freshman Democrat from Rhinebeck, would face a serious Republican challenge in his first bid for re-election. Delgado, who is also an attorney, has raised more than $2 million, according to federal filings; one prospective Republican challenger, Anthony German of Oneonta, dropped out because of difficulty with fundraising. Fashion designer Ola Hawatmeh is also running for the GOP nomination, but she reported minimal new fundraising in the last quarter of 2019.
Van De Water already has the support of the Dutchess County Republican Committee.
In 2018, Delgado, as a political newcomer, unseated incumbent Republican John Faso of Kinderhook, but President Donald Trump won the district in 2016, the same year Faso was elected to what was then an open seat following the retirement of former congressman Chris Gibson. While there are large rural swarths of the district where Republicans are predominant, the district's overall voter enrollment leans Democratic.
The 19th Congressional District includes western Montgomery County, all of Schoharie County, all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Sullivan and Ulster counties, and parts of Broome, Dutchess and Rensselaer counties.