Congressional hopeful Gareth Rhodes on Monday was endorsed by the chairman of the Kingston Democratic Committee, his campaign announced.

“Born in Kingston and raised in Ulster County, Gareth is the true homegrown candidate that can win in NY-19,” said Joe Donaldson, the committee’s chairman.

“He understands the hopes and needs of NY-19, and will work tirelessly for our communities. Since launching his campaign, Gareth has gone door-to-door to support dozens of our local candidates. He has demonstrated a clear commitment not only to his future constituents, but also to building future bridges to strengthen local parties – exactly what we need from our next member of Congress. Gareth’s progressive values, government experience, working class background, and grassroots approach to visit all 163 towns in NY-19 is how we’ll win this race and bring our voices to Washington.”

Rhodes, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is among a crowded field seeking the Democratic nod to take on Republican Rep. John Faso in the 19th congressional district, considered a key battleground race this year that could tip control of the House of Representatives.

“I was born in Kingston at Benedictine Hospital, and it is a tremendous honor to earn the support of Joe Donaldson, a friend and a real leader in my home city,” Rhodes said. “For years, I’ve admired Joe’s approach to public service, working tirelessly to elect candidates who will stand up and fight for working class and progressive values. I look forward to working closely with Joe and the Kingston City Democratic Committee to win this race and restore a government committed to serving the people of NY-19.”