19th Congressional District

Congressman Chris Gibson (R)

announced in early 2015 that he would not seek a fourth term in Congress. Gibson said he had always planned to self-impose term limits for himself. Now he’s pursuing a career in academia.

Two Republicans and two Democrats will compete in a primary in June.


Who’s Still In


John Faso (R) Faso served as Minority Leader in the State Assembly before running for governor in 2006. He lost the race to Eliot Spitzer. Faso also ran for Comptroller in 2002, but lost that bid as well. He says on his website that he was one of the early leaders of a property tax cap.
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Andrew Heaney (R) Heaney is a small business owner in Dutchess County. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter. So far, he seems to be Faso’s biggest competition in a primary.
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Zephyr Teachout (D) Teachout ran a competitive primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014, racking up nearly 40 percent of the vote. Teachout is a Fordham Law Professor who has been outspoken about eliminating corruption in government. The Working Families Party passed on endorsing her in 2014, but is pushing for her in this race.
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Will Yandik (D) Yandik is a fourth-generation farmer from Colombia County. He serves on a Livingston Town Council and was appointed Deputy Town Supervisor. He’s also an adjunct professor at a local community college. Yandik has been endorsed by Democrats in at least two counties.
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Who’s Out

Bob Bishop (R) Bishop dropped his bid for Congress in early May.

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Robert Shaver (R) Shaver did not file signatures with the Board of Elections ahead of the June primary.
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John Kehoe (D) Kehoe did not file signatures with the Board of Elections ahead of the June primary.
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