Tony German, a retired two-star general and former adjutant general of the New York National Guard, is a lifelong Republican, according to a press release from his campaign. He spent 36 years in the United States military, first in active duty, and then in the New York National Guard, the release said. German is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta and the Naval War College.
"After 36 years of serving our country and our state, I'm looking for another opportunity to serve," German said in a statement. "Our political system is broken and dysfunctional and our current representative has grown...increasingly out-of-touch. Congressman Delgado ran as a moderate Democrat with a unifying message, and I had hoped that he would be an independent check on the most extreme elements of his party. He has failed to do so. I have lived in this district my entire life and I know how to fight for New Yorkers. I'm ready for this challenge."
Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, took office in January. Primary elections in the race will be held on June 23, 2020, with the General Election following in November 2020.
"Congressman Delgado is focused on making life better for the people in our region and working to find bipartisan solutions to lower health care costs, expand rural broadband, and support family farmers and veterans," his campaign said in a statement Wednesday. "That's why he has held 21 town halls across the district and will continue to serve with accessibility, accountability, and transparency."
While a general, German had assignments that sent him throughout the world, including more than 60 countries and all seven continents, the release said. The release said he was appointed adjutant general of the National Guard in 2016 where he led 20,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors, and civilian staff. German commanded the response to some of the state's national disasters, including following tropical storms Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy, the release said.
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