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Voter Guide: New York's 19th Congressional District Race

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

John Hall (D) vs. Nan Hayworth (R)

The race to represent New York's 19th Congressional District is a contest between Democratic incumbent John Hall, guitarist from the band Orleans, and Republican Nan Hayworth, an ophthamologist running for public office for the first time.

John Hall (D)

WNYC Coverage of John Hall

Contest for Congress: In Hudson Valley, Republican Tries to Recapture Seat from Rockstar (September 20, 2010)

Hudson Valley Primary Shaping Up as Obama Referendum (August 11, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD; grew up in Elmira, NY
  • Attended Notre Dame University and Loyola College before pursuing music full-time
  • Co-founded and played guitar for the band Orleans, best known for the hit song "Still the One"
  • Co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy and co-produced "No Nukes" concerts in Madison Square Garden in the 1970s
  • Served one term on the Ulster County Legislature and two terms on the Saugerties Board of Education
  • Elected to Congress in 2006 against a six-term Republican
  • Served on the House Committees on Veterans' Affairs and Transportation & Infrastructure; Subcommittees on Aviation and Water Resources & the Environment; and Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming

Positions

  • Supports tax cuts for the middle class and for small businesses
  • Wants to extend the homebuyer's tax credit
  • Opposes privatization of Social Security
  • Supports full funding of the No Child Left Behind legislation
  • Supports universal health care coverage
  • Voted for and defends the stimulus bill's tax cuts and infrastructure investments
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Other Links

John Hall's Campaign Site

Hall vs. Hayworth Debate Follows Along Party Lines (Poughkeepsie Journal, September 22, 2010) 

New York's John Hall: A Rocky Reelection for a Rock Legend (Politics Daily, September 7, 2010)


Nan Hayworth (R)

WNYC Coverage of Nan Hayworth

Contest for Congress: In Hudson Valley, Republican Tries to Recapture Seat from Rockstar (September 20, 2010)

Hudson Valley Primary Shaping Up as Obama Referendum (August 11, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Munster, IN
  • Graduated from Princeton and Cornell University Medical College
  • Started her own practice in 1989
  • Became a partner at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in 1996 and retired from full-time practice in 2005 to spend more time with her children
  • Recruited for vice president in Medical and Scientific Affairs at a large communications company in New York City in 2007
  • Refers to herself as the Tea Party candidate

Positions

  • Vows to oppose efforts to raise income taxes for individuals or businesses and wants to permanently extend the Bush tax cuts
  • Promises to freeze the stimulus program
  • Pledges to reject any requests for federal bailouts
  • Promises to enact statutory limitations on federal spending increases that are tied to the nation's rate of inflation and population growth
  • Vows to approve only those appropriations that are related to the federal government's basic constitutional responsibilities
  • Opposes the health care overhaul legislation because she believes increasing access and affordability of health care is best down through the private market

Other Links

Nan Hayworth's Campaign Site

Hall vs. Hayworth Debate Follows Along Party Lines (Poughkeepsie Journal, September 22, 2010)


Related Races in New York

Governor: Andrew Cuomo vs. Carl Paladino

Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman vs. Dan Donovan

Congressional District 1: Tim Bishop vs. Randy Altschuler

Congressional District 13: Michael McMahon vs. Michael Grimm

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