Sean Eldridge makes campaign stop in Bovina

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Chestnut Hill Farm welcomed a gathering of more than 130 to an afternoon “Sean Eldridge Meet and Greet” event on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Sean Eldridge is the Democratic Candidate running against Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
MAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photoMAKING THE ROUNDS — Sean Eldridge (blue shirt at right) chats with New Kingston resident Andy VanBenschoten (with beard) during last week’s “Meet and Greet” held in Bovina. Sean is challening Republican Chris Gibson in NY’s 19th Congressional District race this fall. — Contributed photo

Middletown Democratic Chair, Lisa Tait explained the unusual event was developed through a coordinated effort of three neighboring Town Democratic Committees: Andes, Bovina, and Middletown.
“This sort of group project hasn’t been done in many years if at all. The three town committees did a great job with the help of coordinators John Bernhardt in Middletown, Margie Adeleson and Mike Passafiume in Andes and particularly Mel and Marni Greenberg of Bovina who did so much to make this happen. Hall Willkie gets special thanks for offering his beautiful farm as the event location and for all his gracious hospitality making everyone feel so welcome.
Sean Eldridge spent two hours at the farm, mostly speaking one on one with those attending. He also addressed the full group.
Eldridge shared his background and his positions on various issues.

Candidate’s positions
“I’m working hard throughout all 11 counties and 165 towns in our district. In Congress, I will fight for working families in our community, and I’ll work to protect women’s access to health care, to prevent fracking in our region, and to reduce the influence of corporate money in politics by reforming our campaign finance system.” Eldridge recognized Chris Gibson as a good man and honored his military service but opposed his voting choices.
At the visit’s conclusion, host Hall Willkie said, “I so appreciated this opportunity to get to know Sean Eldridge, who impressed me with his passion and commitment.”
The event in Bovina was part of a busy day for the candidate, which included a “Sean Eld­ridge for Congress Meet and Greet” in Delhi, a visit to a new campaign office in Oneonta and an event in Woodstock.
“I was blown away by the more than 100 voters who joined us on Saturday to learn more about our campaign and get involved,” said Sean Eldridge.