Republished with permission from the Legislative Gazette.
In New York’s 19th Congressional District the election between Antonio Delgado (D) and Kyle Van De Water (R) seems to be a dog fight in the making. Incumbent Delgado is looking to take advantage and dominate a predominantly democratic area in New York’s Hudson Valley, while opponent Van De Water is looking to pull off a major upset using his pro-Trump approach.
Delgado, a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School, won the 2018 election in New York’s 19th district, taking over 51% of the total votes cast. Delgado will again represent the Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Serve America Movement Party and the Independence Party in his 2020 re-election campaign.
Delgado wants higher taxes on the rich, better job protection for blue-collar workers like farmers, a public option for Medicare as well as environmental protections in the Hudson Valley.
Van De Water, a U.S. veteran and graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Albany Law School, is the nominee of the Republican Party and Conservative Party. In an area that did vote for Donald Trump, Van De Water has taken the approach of trying to align himself with the president as much as possible.
Van De Water believes in strong borders, a 10 percent flat tax as opposed to taxing the rich at a higher percentage, additional police funding for better training and equipment and subsidies and aid for farmers who have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York’s 19th district has flipped multiple times over the past few election cycles, making it very difficult to predict. A very encouraging sign for Delgado is the monetary advantage he has over his opponent. Delgado has raised around $4.3 million, while Van De Water has raised only around $20,000. In local elections such as these having such a large monetary advantage can be election-changing.