Chairs from the 19th CD Support Zephyr Teachout
On Saturday January 16, chairs from Democratic committees across the 19th congressional district met and interviewed four potential candidates for the seat that will be decided in the upcoming November elections. "The chairs were impressed with the qualifications and commitment to public service shown by all four and would be proud to have any one of them represent us in Washington . . . ," said Dutchess County Chair Elisa Sumner.
Deliberations and input gathered from the chairs resulted in a consensus to support Zephyr Teachout as the Democratic candidate in the 19th.The four candidates interviewed were Teachout, Will Yandik, Margo Miller, and Julian Schreibman.
In an email today to local Democrats, Peter Bujanow, chair of the Columbia County Democratic Committee, explained that the decision "was largely based on [Teachout's] established name recognition as a credible and 'known' candidate, her existing networks that allow her to raise funds in a race predicted to cost $4M, and an established 'ground game' that allows her to execute tactically in a race where many chairs felt we were getting a late start."
Bujanow reported that our local candidate, Will Yandik, was "extremely impressive in his first appearance in a forum such as this." He continued:
His passion, commitment and willingness to jump into a race was commented on by several of the chairs, and I reinforced those qualities along with all the skills that so many of us have remarked upon as we've worked with Will. . . . However, the need to immediately establish name recognition . . . across eleven counties, raise a significant amount of money, and have an almost immediate ground game, led the majority of county chairs to support Zephyr.