February 10, 2020, 7:00AM
Republican Kyle Van De Water has announced he is challenging Congressman Antonio Delgado in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
Van De Water, a Dutchess County native, lives in Millbrook with his wife and four children. He is an attorney with the law firm of Corbally, Gartland and Rappleyea, LLP in Poughkeepsie. Prior to private law practice, Van De Water served for eight years on active duty in the US Army as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG). In 2010 he served in Afghanistan. Van De Water is currently a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps.
Van De Water previously held elected office as a Trustee in the Village of Millbrook. He is a graduate of University Of Massachusetts, Amherst and Albany Law School.
Fashion designer Ola Hawatmeh, a Republican originally from Dutchess County who moved back to the district last year, is also seeking to be the Republican nomination to challenge Delgado. Van De Water has the support of the Dutchess County Republican committee. Meanwhile, Steve Greenfield of New Paltz launched a Green Party bid for the seat last week.
Delgado defeated incumbent Republican Congressman John Faso by 5% in 2018. President Trump won the District by 6.8% in 2016.
The 19th Congressional District includes all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties, and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery, and Rensselaer counties.
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