WNYT: Delgado hopes to bring change to Washington
You’ve been seeing a lot of Antonio Delgado lately. The 41-year-old married father of twin boys is a Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th District.
He’s running commercials to help tell his story, which by all accounts is a pretty remarkable.
“Started off just outside Hamilton Hill,” he said.
He went to Bishop Gibbons, stood out on the basketball court and in the classroom, then went to Colgate where he became a Rhodes Scholar. From Oxford, he went to Harvard Law.
After graduating Harvard, he pursued a passion for social justice, working as a hip hop artist in L.A., hoping to inspire young people.
After five years on the West Coast, he came back to his roots and was hired as a corporate attorney. Now Delgado is living in Rhinebeck with his wife and children and still seeking social justice.
“I want to be identified as an individual who is committed to change,” Delgado said.
He says the rich are getting richer while the middle class is being left behind. He wants universal healthcare and opposes the GOP tax bill.
“I can’t tolerate it anymore. We have too much on the line for folks right here in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills,” Delgado said.
He says he wants to bring decorum back to the democratic process.
“And do it with the class and civility that it warrants. And right now, we’re off the rails in that department,” he said.
Delgado’s message seems to be resonating with voters. He’s been raising the most money in a crowded field.
Delgado is one of seven Democrats in the race. And with the primary just a couple months away, he’s out-raised them all and the Republican incumbent John Faso.
In a statement, Faso’s campaign manager said, “Mr. Delgado pursues a far left agenda of higher taxes and is simply out of touch with the voters of the 19th District. Perhaps this is because having just moved here from New Jersey last year, he hasn’t a clue about the taxes or the economy here in Upstate New York.”
Delgado says he plans to win the June 26 primary, thanks in part to his commitment to campaigning harder than anyone else in the race.
“No one is going to outwork me. I was told from a little boy, ‘work twice as hard,'” Delgado said.
He says he looks forward to debating Faso and is confident he can add congressman to his already diverse resume.
“The time is definitely right,” Delgado said.