Six Democrats and one unaffiliated candidate want the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. 41-year-old Dutchess County resident Antonio Delgado, who moved back to the region last year, calls himself a Progressive Democrat. Thursday night, Delgado received the Dutchess County Democratic Committee endorsement. This is the fourth of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

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A race that was closely-watched nationwide, expected to be a squeaker for the winner, ended up an easy victory for Republican John Faso.

The candidates for New York's 19th Congressional district seat debated Thursday at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. Moderators Dr. Alan Chartock of WAMC, WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne, State Editor for Albany Times Union Casey Seiler, and Newschannel 13's Benita Zahn hosted Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso. It was their first debate. They are running to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson.

Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against his Democratic opponent Julian Schreibman last night in the first of three scheduled debates in the race for the state’s newly formed 19th Congressional District.