Democratic chairs in the 19th congressional district late Sunday night announced they had backed Zephyr Teachout’s potential bid for the seat in the Hudson Valley.
It’s unclear how many committee chairs are backing Teachout’s bid, who is yet to formally announce plans to run for the district that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson at the end of the year.
In the statement from Dutchess County Chairwoman Elisa Sumner, Democrats in the 19th district were said to have met with four candidates in the screening process.
“The chairs were impressed with the qualifications and commitment to public service shown by all four and would be proud to have any one of them represent us in Washington,” Sumner said in the statement. “Deliberations and input gathered from the chairs resulted in a consensus to support Zephyr Teachout as the Democratic candidate in the 19th.”
Teachout is a Fordham Law school professor who challenged Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a primary in 2014 after she initially sought the Working Families Party nod against him earlier that May.
Teachout performed strongly in upstate counties, including portions of the Hudson Valley district, during the Democratic primary for governor.
At the same time, liberal organizations, including the Working Families Party, have signaled public support for her run for Congress in what has been a battleground seat over the last several cycles.