Thanks for the Democratic debate in Woodstock

To the editor:

As many people know, the congressional primary will be Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from noon to 9:00 pm. All NY-19 Democrats will get to choose whether Will Yandik or Zephyr Teachout will represent us on the ballot as our candidate for congress in the November general election. To help voters make this critical decision, the Woodstock Democratic Committee and City of Kingston Democratic Committee sponsored a debate between these candidates on June 7, 2016, at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center in Woodstock.

Thank you to the many people who contributed their time and talents to make this wonderfully informative event the great success that it was. Thank you to Brian Hollander, the debate moderator, for his thoughtful and insightful questions, and to Will Yandik and Zephyr Teachout. The NY-19 congressional district includes all of 7 counties, and part of 4 additional counties, touching 11 counties in all. These very busy candidates made themselves available to us, so that we could know first-hand who they are and what they stand for.

And a great thank you to everyone who came out to hear first-hand what our candidates had to say. We had a great turnout, with standing room only! Thank you Woodstock. Thank you Kingston. Thank you to the many towns throughout Ulster county, and beyond, that were so well represented in the audience. We all won.

Laura Ricci - Chair of the Woodstock Democratic Committee
Joe Donaldson - Chair of the City of Kingston Democratic Committee