MONTICELLO – Democratic committee chairs from across the current 19th Congressional District have unanimously chosen Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan as the Democratic nominee to run in the August 23 special election to fill the remainder of Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado’s term in Congress, which ends on December 31.
Under election law and party rules, the task of selecting the nominee in a special election is delegated to the county chairs.
The current 19th District includes all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Sullivan and Ulster counties, and parts of Dutchess, Montgomery, Rensselaer and Schoharie counties.
“Pat Ryan has the experience and char acter that we need in Congress,” said Sullivan County Democratic Chairwoman Anne Hart. “This devoted and successful public servant is the right choice to represent our communities.”
Ryan, who is running for a full two-year term in the House in the November election, said he is running “to bring the type of common-sense solutions needed to move our country forward.”
Kelleigh McKenzie, Ulster Democratic chairwoman, said Ryan “has proven to be extraordinarily well equipped to lead in a crisis.”
Dutchess Chairwoman Julie Shiroishi said during the pandemic, Ryan “demonstrated real leadership and acted quickly to help struggling residents.”