My campaign has been all about you, the people who live and work in the 19th District.

It’s been an amazing year and a half, meeting you and listening to your ideas about how, together, we can work to make our lives better—for our families and our communities. It’s been an inspirational journey.

Here are a few of our supporters, their stories, and their thoughts about our campaign.

Our Supporters have also contributed dozens of Letters to the Editors of their local papers. Below is a sample:

Elinor Burkett
Catskill Mountain News

She’s with Flynn

To the Editor:

On June 26, Democrats will select a candidate to run against John Faso, our Republican congressman. This is a critical election, so I’ve spent months researching the seven candidates running – checking the truth of statements, digging into where campaign money comes from and listening to what they say. Then I asked myself the major question, “Who is most likely to beat Faso (especially who has most negatives Faso can easily exploit) and best represent US, not outside interests. There was no contest. I urge you to vote in the primary for Brian Flynn.

Brian has a serious record of political activism, going back years to his organizing and legislative efforts after his brother was killed in the Lockerbie bombing; his environmental activism, work on public education, volunteerism, battles to reshape the Democratic Party and campaign contributions. He’s the only candidate with such a record. Indeed, he’s the only candidate who is a life-long Democrat or has any history of political activism before this campaign.

Brian has a deep understanding of local issues, from the lack of jobs to untapped economic opportunities, the Watershed and agricultural policy, based on meticulous research and 15 years living in Hunter.

Brian isn’t satisfied with rhetoric; he believes words without deeds are empty. Having created jobs, he has specific proposals to do so district-wide. When he mentions a problem, he lays out concrete plans for addressing it. We need a candidate who can turn phrases into legislation.

Son of a salesman and a teacher, Brian is a successful businessman who earned his money. Unlike some of his opponents, who have taken large sums from individuals and groups with clear political or corporate interests, Flynn is putting his own money where his mouth is by lending his campaign substantial sums (not the only candidate to do so). So he would enter Congress owing no one but us.

Brian is not the chosen candidate of the national party, the governor or any other interest. He has pledged to take no corporate PAC money. He has endorsements from elected officials across the district and from a national union with hundreds of members here. He has the endorsement of a major gay activist group, was named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action and is the only candidate recommended by Vote ProChoice.

Brian has the same experiences many of our voters do – marrying, raising children, paying taxes, building a business – yet is young enough to spend years in Congress and gain the clout necessary to represent us well.

He’s a passionate FDR Democrat not trying to be Bernie or Barack or anyone else. He has spent his life fighting special interests – taking on big oil, big insurance and big government for improved security after Lockerbie and securing environmental protections. He understands that we’re not just battling Trump but the problems that gave Trump a win. He doesn’t give up. Neither should we.

If you want Faso out, join me in voting Flynn on June 26.

Elinor Burkett,
Hobart

Finn, Pete
Albany Times Union

Letter: Medicare for All backbone of U.S. health care system

The article “State wasted $1.28B on unnecessary bills,” June 14, on double-billing in Medicaid, illustrates just part of the waste in our current health care system, which costs all of us in our premiums, our taxes and our out-of-pocket payments. The “solution” is not more auditors and more advanced computer systems; they only add still more costs. The current hodge-podge health care “system,” with overlapping Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, primary and secondary plans and the requisite back-office claims agents, customer service reps, marketers, analysts and auditors who try to make it all work, is simply not sustainable.

In a recent Medicare for All town hall forum in Brunswick (one of four held across the sprawling 19th Congressional District), candidate Brian Flynn and a panel of health care experts noted that, of the $3.3 trillion we spend on health care in America, 30 percent (or $1 trillion) goes to costs other than care — things like overhead, profit and marketing. Medicare has a 5 percent overhead rate. Simply, Medicare for All as the backbone of our health care system saves us all money. That’s why candidate Brian Flynn has advocated for Medicare For All since 2001.

Medicare for All bills are under consideration in Congress right now. We need a representative in Washington like Flynn who will lead on health care, not “repeal and replace” champion Rep. John Faso who seeks to protect corporate profits by cutting our care and raising our payments.

Peter Finn

Averill Park

Troy Record

Letter: Flynn the best option to beat John Faso

All of the Democrats running for Congress in the 19th District are outstanding candidates (primary day is June 26), but Brian Flynn is clearly our best choice to “repeal and replace” John Faso in November. No “outsider,” Brian Flynn hails from a third-generation Greene County family and has resided with his family in Tannersville since 2004. He is a life-long progressive Democrat and activist, entrepreneur, executive, and small business owner who actually has created blue collar American manufacturing jobs. He has a bold, inclusive economic plan and will fight for economic equality and an America that works for all of us — not just corporations and the wealthy. His activism began as a teenager following the loss of his brother in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, successfully lobbying Congress for stricter airline security and Libya sanctions. Endorsed by the Transport Workers Union, he is a union member and his is one of only a handful of campaigns nationally (and the first in this state) to have its own workers unionized. He has advocated for Medicare for All since 2004. And he’s held town halls – something John Faso seems unable to do. A long-time environmental advocate (he joined Environmental Entrepreneurs in 2001), he supports clean green energy investments. And we can trust that Brian won’t be dazzled by the trappings in Washington and will be there to represent us, not the corporations or the donors. And he will defeat John Faso in November and restore some balance to our national government.

Pete Finn

Averill Park

Gibbons, Grace
Poughkeepsie Journal

Consider these candidates in the upcoming election: Letters

Support Brian Flynn in race for 19th Congressional District

In the large field of candidates running in the June Democratic primary for the New York 19th Congressional District, Brian Flynn stands above all of the others.

I’ve attended numerous public forums, have heard all of the candidates debate. I have also read their position statements and followed their campaigns. I am convinced Flynn is the most likely to win the general election in November and will represent all of us in Congress with wisdom and dedication.

I have met met Mr. Flynn and on each occasion he has reinforced his deep, positive values, proven leadership, intellect, and his commitment to our state and nation. He is the best public speaker in the group and is quite capable to stand up to anyone in debate.

Mr. Flynn is very well prepared, has fully developed his ideas and has a positive platform that is most likely to gain the confidence of voters. His positions speak to both Democrats and Republicans with reason, purpose, and a call for action and unity. His focus is on American working families and on the needs and concerns of our residents.

He is committed to solving the social issues that have weakened our country including stagnant wages, inadequate job opportunities, and costly health care.

I also find a maturity and natural leadership in Mr. Flynn that allows him to express his humanity with optimism, joy, strength, and when appropriate, humor.

I encourage Democratic voters to meet Mr. Flynn in person. You too will become convinced.

Frank Pepe
Clinton Corners

Kampf, Robert
Poughkeepsie Journal

Choose Brian Flynn in upcoming primary

I will make this very brief. This month, on June 26, Democrats will have the opportunity to select a candidate for the 19th Congressional district in opposition to the current incumbent, John Faso.

While several possible viable candidates answered the call to seek this important congressional seat, one emerges as the best choice for a variety of reasons. This individual is Brian Flynn, who has concentrated on the issues and understands the operations of our federal government.

When we met Mr. Flynn for this first time, it was immediately apparent to myself and my wife, Vicki, that he would be an asset to our country, regardless of any political affiliations. He cares, shares, loves America, and has a fantastic sense of humor and a complex knowledge of how government functions.

While we respect all those running this race, Brian Flynn stands out above the rest. For those who know my reputation in Hyde Park and Dutchess County, let me state that Brian Flynn fits the bill that I have always attempted to represent, and he should be chosen as the Democratic candidate for congress.

Bob Kampf

Hyde Park

Kaufmann, Michael
The Daily Star

In Your Opinion: Democrats offer strong choices in elections

I’m a working-class guy who rarely votes for Republicans or Democrats because they hurt us.

Our current Republican congressman, John Faso, has repeatedly voted to take away even inadequate private health insurance from millions. He and our local state Assembly members and senators don’t support raising the minimum wage to $15 and refuse to support expanded Medicare-like systems for all.

Seven Democrats are running in the June 26 primary to replace Rep. Faso. As usual, some enrage me. Pat Ryan is a spy who sweeps up Twitter to distill for the military and the oligarchs. Another, Antonio Delgado, is a lawyer for the largest corporate lobbying firm.

Surprisingly, there are some Democrats running for office that I could vote for — candidates who have promised to fight against corporate power. They include these candidates challenging John Faso: Jeff Beals, Dave Clegg, Erin Collier, Brian Flynn and Gareth Rhodes. And for 101st Assembly District in November, Chad McEvoy, and for the 51st State Senate District, Joyce St. George. All would do us better.

Best of these for Congress is Brian Flynn. After attending dozens of hours of community interviews and debates, I have decided to vote for Flynn because he advocates positions that would help working-class, elderly and disabled people like me. And he has a track record of organizing for many of these policies long before running for office. Unusually — and critically — he also advocates policies that would help rebuild our strength as working people to raise our standard of living for the first time in 45 years.

Could The Star report on local candidates’ positions and records? If this really is a democracy, we need to know who we’re voting for: the good, the bad, or the ugly.

Watch long community interviews of the congressional candidates at https://tinyurl.com/forwardfriday-cd19 .

Michael Kaufman

Bovina Center

Kopecky, Joellyn
The Daily Gazette

Flynn ready to step in over Faso

Much has been made about the Democratic drive to unseat Rep. John Faso in the 19th Congressional District. There are seven players vying to be on the ballot in November. That’s a wealth of possibility. But how effective and electable would each one of them be?

When you look for proposals to repair the damage done by Faso and his fellows, there is only one candidate who stands out: Brian Flynn. Instead of sound bites, Flynn goes into detail, point by point, not only about what needs to be changed in Washington, but how he suggests we go about doing so.

Flynn doesn’t shy away from tough questions. Asked why his company outsourced jobs when he talks about bringing jobs to New York, Flynn’s answer was unambiguous: Railway infrastructure near his manufacturing plant was nonexistent and getting products to market was difficult. Outsourcing the transportation aspect of his company meant he could bring 150 more manufacturing jobs to the area. That’s an honest business assessment — and a good solution.

Brian Flynn is a third-generation Greene County local. He’s no carpetbagger. Family and business are both here. What’s at stake in the 19th District affects him as much as it does us.

For two years, we’ve had a politician in Washington who only answers to his Republican masters rather than advocating for constituents. It’s time we had a champion in Washington – and Brian Flynn is ready and able to step into the fray for us.

JOELLYN KOPECKY

Warnerville

Lapin, Danny
The Daily Star

In Your Opinion: 40 reasons to vote for Brian Flynn

“You know, this marks my 40th visit to Otsego County.” Brian Flynn mentioned this almost as an aside — something that one could easily miss — during the June 12 Democratic Candidate Forum for the 19th Congressional District in Cooperstown.

Otsego County is in a unique geographic position. We are not quite in the Catskills, barely touching the Mohawk Valley, we are part of Northern Appalachia, not quite part of Central New York, and are at the headwaters of the Susquehanna River watershed. For decades, this geographic position has made it hard for leaders to get their fair share of attention at the federal level. When Congressional candidates come here because they are excited to learn about our issues, it can give one reason for pause.

Each time Brian has come to Otsego County it has been to listen and learn — applying information learned from citizens, business owners, activists and leaders in Otsego County to his policy platform. Brian invested in our local community by ensuring that his staff has connections to the area. This strategy establishes a unique ability for us in Otsego County to hold a national politician accountable for their actions.

At the same time, Brian is passionate about our local issues and is willing to fight for them in Washington. He spoke out against the XNG trucks barreling up our rural roads, he listened to local leaders explain difficulties finding affordable childcare in Oneonta, and he is wiling to fight to bring federal dollars to our area to improve our housing stock.

The lack of two-way communication between politician and constituent is one of the reasons behind our current lack of faith in democracy. It’s time to vote for someone who we can hold accountable. Vote Brian Flynn on June 26.

Danny Lapin

Oneonta

Lapin is the Otsego County Board representative for District 13, Oneonta Wards 5 and 6.

McCabe, Anne
Northern and Southern Dutchess

Supports Flynn

June 26, 2018 is Democratic primary day in NY 19 Congressional District. Seven candidates are running to replace John Faso, nicknamed “No Show” because of Faso’s unwillingness to meet his constituents in open Town Halls.

Any one of these candidates would serve this district better than Faso has.

Brian Flynn is my choice.

These times demand tested skills. Flynn at 19 lost his older brother in the Lockerbie plane bombing. For over 20 years, Flynn and other mourners made their way through several different administrations and Congresses to help produce the Iran/Libya Sanctions bill, to tighten plane security, and to bring one of the Lockerbie terrorists to justice. Flynn knows how to get legislation passed.

A businessman, Brian Flynn created over 400 well paying blue-collar jobs. Valuing hands-on skills, Flynn wants to help our public schools produce graduates educated in varied ways, including apprenticeships, so that all citizens can earn a living wage. Flynn believes workers need the protection of unions and shows this by having the only unionized campaign staff.

Brian Flynn wants every citizen to have access to affordable, quality health care and knows that Medicare for All will have a large enough pool of insured to make such health care possible.

Flynn is determined to fund Planned Parenthood and ensure that women control their reproductive health.

Flynn has refused to take money from corporate PACS or any officials related to the oil industry. He wants clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet.

Vote– Win-with-Flynn. I’m in!

Anne McCabe
LaGrangeville
May 17

Times-Herald Record

Letter: Among worthies, Brian Flynn will serve Dist. 19 best

Seven worthy contenders stepped up to challenge John Faso, one of the five original sponsors of the national concealed carry weapons bill, the man who voted to end affordable, accessible health care, for the NY 19 Congressional seat. Each has a unique strength to offer, so where do you cast your Primary Day vote on Tuesday, June 26?

Quality of platform and experience in getting legislation passed are my reasons for choosing Brian Flynn. Flynn worked for over 20 years with others – who had also lost relatives murdered in the second largest terrorist attack on American civilians, the Lockerbie bombing – to get the Iran/Syrian Sanctions bill passed along with legislation tightening air travel security. He was thanked from the floor of Congress.

Flynn has worked with both parties bringing necessary legislation into existence. Further, of the three candidates now identified as the front runners, Flynn is the only one who fights for enhanced Medicare for all. Candidates Delgado and Ryan have not supported this. Flynn concurs with Bernie Sanders’ bill 1804 which calculates that $15 billion could be saved by instituting such universal care. Pointing out these differences is not an attack on Flynn’s opponents, but merely a clarification as to why of all these candidates, especially those three now polling in the lead, Brian Flynn is the best person to fight for the right things and to get those things done.

Anne McCabe

Cellini, Anthony
Published Sullivan County Democrat

We need Brian Flynn now more so than ever

To the editor:
My name is Tony Cellini. I was honored to have served the Town of Thompson as an elected official for 38 years, and then as the Town Supervisor for 20 years until my retirement in 2013.

During those years, I had the opportunity to work with volunteer boards, as well as with elected officials from all levels of goverment. I have worked with conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans, and people of nearly every race, religion and ethnicity. These were hard-working Americans, from laborers to professors, homemakers to homebuilders, rich and poor – with most somewhere in between. They all served with dignity and respect. They all were honorable. 

We now have the opportunity to elect a Democrat to Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District that will represent ALL this and more. We have the opportunity to elect Brian Flynn.

Not once has Brian ever personally degraded an opponent. Never has he fostered fear or anger. Never has he acted as a demagogue or condoned violence. Never has he demeaned women. And never has he tolerated the impugning of a religious or ethnic group, nor the ridiculing of the handicapped. 

I appeal to Democratic friends, voters and leaders: Do not let the disgraceful behavior of Republican President Donald Trump further damage the party of Lincoln and the character of America.

Elect Brian Flynn, who will finally bring dignity and respect back to Congress, something that ALL Americans want and need now!

Please join me in voting for Brian Flynn in the Democratic Primary on June 26th, and he will lead us to victory in November.

Tony Cellini
Monticello, NY

Middletown Times Herald-Record

Letter: Brian Flynn is an exemplary choice for NY 19th district

I was honored to have served the Town of Thompson as an elected official for 38 years, and then as a the Town Supervisor for 20 years until my retirement in 2013. During those years, I had the opportunity to work with volunteer boards, as well as with elected officials from all levels of government. I have worked with conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans and people of nearly every race, religion and ethnicity. These were hard-working Americans, from laborers to professors, homemakers to homebuilders, rich and poor – with most somewhere in between. They all served with dignity and respect. They all were honorable.

We now have the opportunity to elect a Democrat to Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District that will represent all this and more. We have the opportunity to elect Brian Flynn. Not once has Flynn ever personally degraded an opponent. Never has he fostered fear or anger. Never has he acted as a demagogue or condoned violence. Never has he demeaned women. And never has he tolerated the impugning of a religious or ethnic group, nor the ridiculing the handicapped. I appeal to Democratic friends, voters and leaders: Do not let the disgraceful behavior of Republican President Donald Trump further damage the party of Lincoln and the character of America. Please join me in voting for Brian Flynn in the Democratic Primary on June 26.

Anthony P. Cellini

Monticello

River Reporter

We need Brian Flynn, now more than ever

My name is Tony Cellini. I was honored to have served the Town of Thompson as an elected official for 38 years, and then as a the town supervisor for 20 years until my retirement in 2013

During those years, I had the opportunity to work with volunteer boards, as well as with elected officials from all levels of government. I have worked with conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans, and people of nearly every race, religion and ethnicity. These were hard-working Americans, from laborers to professors, homemakers to homebuilders, rich and poor—with most somewhere in between. They all served with dignity and respect. They all were honorable.

We now have the opportunity to elect a Democrat to Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District that will represent all this and more. We have the opportunity to elect Brian Flynn.

Not once has Brian ever personally degraded an opponent. Never has he fostered fear or anger. Never has he acted as a demagogue or condoned violence. Never has he demeaned women. And never has he tolerated the impugning of a religious or ethnic group, nor the ridiculing of the handicapped.

I appeal to Democratic friends, voters and leaders: Do not let the disgraceful behavior of Republican President Donald Trump further damage the party of Lincoln and the character of America.

Elect Brian Flynn, who will finally bring dignity and respect back to Congress, something that all Americans want and need now.

Please join me in voting for Brian Flynn in the Democratic Primary on June 26, and he will lead us to victory in November.

Tony Cellini

Monticello, NY

Geddes-Atwell, Anne
The Daily Star

In Your Opinion: Brian Flynn best choice to represent NY19 in Congress

Democrats in District NY19 have seven candidates to choose from in the upcoming primary election on June 26. All are bright and capable. We even have a local Cooperstown area candidate in Erin Collier who has great promise for us in the future.

But right now we need to stand against the current Republican house member and we need someone principled, with great experience and the right ideas. We need someone who will hold town halls, listen to us, act and vote for our benefit and be tough enough to withstand withering attacks by the GOP.

I’ve seen and met all the candidates. I choose Brian Flynn. He is strong, smart, good-humored, a regular visitor to this area, well-versed in the political process, and has an economic plan to help ALL Americans.

He has practiced progressive ideas throughout his life. He is a businessman himself and is businesslike in his approach toward government. As a private citizen and after his brother was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, he fought for and pushed the Iran/Libya sanctions bill through Congress and helped bring justice to one of its perpetrators. Brian and his tireless fellow justice-seekers also helped pass legislation that has made air travel safer.

Brian Flynn and his family have strong roots in our district. He is always civil in tone and a good listener even when he takes a hard stand. I implore you all go to the polls on Tuesday, June 26, and vote for Brian. Our lives depend on it. Oh and you have a chance to hear all candidates at the Cooperstown Central School for a Town Hall debate at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.

Anne Geddes-Atwell

Cooperstown

Cooperstown Crier

Our Readers’ Views: Yard sale update; writer picks Flynn

Writer picks Flynn for NY-19

Democrats in District NY-19 have seven bright and capable candidates to choose from in the upcoming primary election on June 26. We even have a wonderful local Cooperstown area candidate in Erin Collier, who shows terrific promise for us in the future.

I’ve attended talks by all seven candidates, and I choose Brian Flynn. Right now we need a battle-hardened candidate to stand against current Republican house member, no show (John) Faso. We need someone strong, principled, with great experience and the right ideas. We need someone who will hold Town Halls, listen to us, act and vote for our benefit and be tough enough to withstand withering attacks by the GOP.

I’ve seen and met all the candidates. I choose Brian Flynn. He is strong, smart, good humored, a regular visitor to this area, well versed in the political process and has an economic plan to help ALL Americans. He is pro-environment and pro education. He takes no money from corporate PACs or oil, gas and coal industry people. Brian’s vote is not for sale.

He’s practiced progressive ideas his whole life. Brian will stand against Trump’s agenda when necessary and thinks healthcare should be for “we the people,” not just for the rich. Healthcare greatly affects jobs our rural district, as it is our largest area employer.

He is a businessman himself and is businesslike in his approach towards government. As a private citizen and after his brother was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, he fought for and pushed the Iran/Libya sanctions bill through Congress and helped bring justice to one of its perpetrators. Brian and his tireless fellow justice seekers also helped pass legislation that has made air travel safer.

For three generations, Brian Flynn and his family have strong roots in our District 19. He is civil and a good listener even when he takes a hard stand. I implore you all go to the polls on Tuesday, June 26, and vote for Brian. Our lives depend on it.

Anne Geddes-Atwell

Cooperstown

Koop, Douglas
Kingston Times

For Flynn

I have been a resident of Ulster County for 30 years and have proudly served my community in Kingston and my students in New Paltz. I know our community and the residents of our Congressional District. I am convinced that Brian Flynn is the best candidate to represent all of us in Congress, and I encourage Democrats to vote for him in the primary election on June 26.

Brian’s impressive record of creating jobs for more than 30 years as an entrepreneur is key to creating growth in our area. As the Kingston Common Council liaison for Economic Development and the Uptown Business Association, and as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee, I can attest to his keen understanding of finance and economics and of what is needed to lift all Americans into good paying jobs with living wages. Equally importantly, he has experience actually getting things done as an activist.

Mr. Flynn clearly understands that medical care is a right for all Americans and has for many years endorsed Medicare For All. He rejects the claims for “access to affordable insurance” as a sham and code words for cheap insurance that provides little protection.

He is intelligent, energetic, and has deep roots in Greene County. He shares our community values and is willing to fight for fairness and justice. We need him in Washington. Vote June 26th.

Doug Koop
Kingston

Koutnik, Gary and Abbey
The Daily Star

In Your Opinion: Brian Flynn would best represent Otsego County

After reading John Faso’s weekly email, watching his votes, and meeting with him to talk about health insurance, I feel strongly that he is not truly representative of our district. Therefore, I have been very interested in the campaigns waged by the seven Democratic candidates who would like to represent us.

I’d much prefer any of these progressive Democrats to Congressman Faso. However, one of the candidates stands out in my role as a citizen, and also as a county rep.

Brian Flynn has come to Otsego County more times than any other candidate, and, in fact, more times than many of them combined. He has listened and learned, and I feel confident that he is fully capable of representing us. Given the uncertain future of Medicaid, which supports our elderly, disabled and poor neighbors, and the unique role of New York counties in the Medicaid landscape, I feel it is essential that our congressman has the time and attention to represent the needs of Otsego County.

In addition, Brian Flynn’s strong support for union workers resonates with me, especially given increasing income inequality and wage stagnation, which are becoming calcified elements of our society.

And finally, American health care: expensive, ineffective and unequal. Brian Flynn has been advocating Medicare for All for years, and he has a plan to move forward in this direction in a bipartisan manner. We need to do this, the sooner the better.

A Democratic House is essential for a return to rational, people-centered governing. Brian Flynn will bring the people of Otsego County into that process in a significant way. Please join me in voting in the primary on June 26, and in voting for Brian Flynn.

Gary Koutnik

Oneonta

Judith Simon
Hudson Valley 360 – Registar Star & Daily Mail

A political junkie’s choice for NY 19

To the editor:

As a political junkie I’ve gone to six NY19 Democratic candidate forums to decide on who will get my vote for Congress. All of our Democratic candidates are capable, bright and progressive and any of them would do more for our district and the country than the Republican incumbent, so making a choice was truly a challenge. After weighing all the factors I decided to support Brian Flynn.

I’m truly impressed by Brian’s fresh, concrete, creative ideas and solutions for NY19 – on infrastructure, clean energy, criminal justice reform, job training, etc. – and how well he knows the district. He has a long family history in Greene County, where he lives. Brian is a doer – the kind of person who sees a problem and does something about it. He worked on Medicare for All since 2004, founded the NY chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs, and has walked the halls of Congress to get legislation passed.

Brian Flynn is a proven job creator who has run, created and grown businesses. He’s a member and strong supporter of labor unions and is dedicated to moving the Democratic Party back to its roots: American workers.

I’ve found Brian to be a great listener — open to ideas and concerns of voters — smart, dynamic, personable, good-humored, and funny.

A lot is at stake in this election and in the country. We need a clear, strong winner in the June 26 Democratic primary, someone who can stand up to Faso and win the general election in November. Brian Flynn is that person; he gets my vote and I hope yours as well.

Judith Simon

Saugerties

Times Herald Record

Vote for Brian Flynn in Dem. primary for District 19

As a political junkie I’ve gone to six NY19 Democratic candidate forums to decide on who will get my vote for Congress. All of our Democratic candidates are capable, bright and progressive and any of them would do more for our district and the country than the Republican incumbent, so making a choice was truly a challenge.

After weighing all the factors I decided to support Brian Flynn. I’m truly impressed by Flynn’s fresh, concrete, creative ideas and solutions for NY19 – on infrastructure, clean energy, criminal justice reform, job training, etc. – and how well he knows the district. He has a long family history in Greene County, where he lives. Flynn is a doer – the kind of person who sees a problem and does something about it. He worked on Medicare for All since 2004, founded the NY chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs, and has walked the halls of Congress to get legislation passed.

Flynn is a proven job creator who has run, created and grown businesses. He’s a member and strong supporter of labor unions and is dedicated to moving the Democratic Party back to its roots: American workers. I’ve found him to be a great listener – open to ideas and concerns of voters – smart, dynamic, personable, good-humored and funny. We need a clear, strong winner in the June 26 Democratic primary, someone who can stand up to Faso and win the general election in November.

Judith Simon

Saugerties

Pepe, Frank
Poughkeepsie Journal

Support Brian Flynn in race for 19th Congressional District

In the large field of candidates running in the June Democratic primary for the New York 19th Congressional District, Brian Flynn stands above all of the others.

I’ve attended numerous public forums, have heard all of the candidates debate. I have also read their position statements and followed their campaigns. I am convinced Flynn is the most likely to win the general election in November and will represent all of us in Congress with wisdom and dedication.

I have met met Mr. Flynn and on each occasion he has reinforced his deep, positive values, proven leadership, intellect, and his commitment to our state and nation. He is the best public speaker in the group and is quite capable to stand up to anyone in debate.

Mr. Flynn is very well prepared, has fully developed his ideas and has a positive platform that is most likely to gain the confidence of voters. His positions speak to both Democrats and Republicans with reason, purpose, and a call for action and unity. His focus is on American working families and on the needs and concerns of our residents.
He is committed to solving the social issues that have weakened our country including stagnant wages, inadequate job opportunities, and costly health care.

I also find a maturity and natural leadership in Mr. Flynn that allows him to express his humanity with optimism, joy, strength, and when appropriate, humor.

I encourage Democratic voters to meet Mr. Flynn in person. You too will become convinced.

Frank Pepe
Clinton Corners

Powers, Brian
Times Herald-Record

Letter: Brian Flynn is the best candidate to unseat Faso

If past elections are any guide, those Democrats who’ll decide the June 26 congressional primary here in NY 19 will be a well-educated and committed group. Though we’ve an important choice to make from a crowded field, we’ll all need to be our own experts, because we each have to make the same strategic call: In a district Trump won by 7 points, our one job now is to choose the candidate that’s best able to win against Faso and the Trump agenda in November.

If you don’t know about Brian Flynn yet, maybe it’s time. I used to publish the most progressive newspapers in our region, The Phoenicia Times and The Olive Press. In the many years I’ve reported on Ulster County and on regional politics, I’ve only known two other leaders, Maurice Hinchey and Mike Hein, who’ve shown the practical wisdom, the depth of knowledge and the political skills I see in Flynn.

His grasp of economic issues and his business background is enormously impressive, and he’s the only candidate who’s actually saved or created hundreds of jobs. He’s long been on the right side of every issue that most working people in our region care about, and his truthfulness is more than a match for Faso’s polished insincerity. As a local party chairman, I believe we need to back our best and our strongest candidate for November, and Brian Flynn is the guy.

Brian Powers

Chichester

Sullivan County Democrat

Vote for Brian Flynn

To the editor:
I am voting for Brian Flynn in the June primary because as a Congressional Representative for District 19 he will work to enact legislation that supports working families and creates the good jobs that are essential for our district’s well-being. Brian advocates for an integrated set of supports that will return investments in the public good after years of unbalanced growth in corporate wealth and big-money influence that only benefits the wealthiest.
Good paying jobs in District 19 will not happen without investments in transportation and technology infrastructure, education, and vocational training. Access to quality health care that can transfer from one job to another is necessary if people are to be able to change employment in our fluid economy. Entrepreneurs who want to set up a small business should not be deterred by the costs of providing health care. Without health care and good jobs, we have a shrinking tax base, increased levels of disadvantage and demoralization and the connected social costs.
These steps will not be taken if we continue on the current trajectory. The withdrawal of investments from people into the pockets of those at the top has given us the illusion that we have nothing to work with. Imagine the investments in workers that could have been made with the money that just went to the massive tax cuts to those at the top. Those cuts will result in higher debt and fewer investments in workers going forward.
Brian’s town hall presentations display his serious study and commitment to how we can achieve Medicare for all. Visit his website: www.brianflynn.us and his Facebook page.

Susan Staples
Stone Ridge