If number of signatures obtained and donations are any indications, some favorites are emerging in a crowded field. The primary, open to all registered Democrats, will be held June 26.
If the Democratic candidates challenge the signatures of rivals, it could narrow the field, which increases the number of votes needed to win. What to do?
Pat Ryan steals a march on the crowded Democratic field by holding a “town hall” event as a candidate. But it’s still early, and the gun issue will play far differently outside of Ulster in November.
The all-male congressional six-pack’s worst nightmare came roaring out of Cooperstown this week with Erin Collier’s announcement she’s entering the overcrowded Democratic fray for Congress.
A total of seven Democratic candidates and one independent are currently vying for the opportunity to face first-term Republican John Faso of Kinderhook in the Nov. 6 general election. Collier, who will be 34 next week, said she was raised on a fifth-generation family farm near Cooperstown. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in agricultural economics and took a master’s degree in that field from Michigan State University. She works for the US Agency for International Development.
A blast of fresh air blew into the local congressional race last week in the person of independent candidate Diane Neal of Hurley, a familiar face for constituents who watch primetime police procedurals.