And yet another candidate in the 19th congressional district is announcing plans to run for the seat held by Republican Rep. John Faso.

Jeff Beals, a former diplomat and CIA officer, will announce his bid for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

“I’ve come back to the Hudson Valley after service abroad to raise my family and give back to the place that gave so much to me,” Beals said. “I was part of a generation that thought we had won the Cold War and only needed to fight for democracy overseas, but I’ve come to believe it’s even more important to defend democracy here at home.”

Beals joins a crowded Democratic field that includes Brian Flynn, Antonio Delgado and Gareth Rhodes in the battleground House district. He plans to make the announce official on Friday.

“We need to get serious about beating John Faso — our health care, the wages of our working people, and our environment all depend on the outcome of the next congressional election,” Beals said. “We’re building a people’s campaign that will fight for the causes we believe in and take that fight to the Capitol.”