Erin Collier declares candidacy in 19th CD Democratic primary
The Daily Freeman is reporting a seventh person has entered the field of candidates contending for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso in November. Democrat Erin Collier, an agricultural economist and resident of Cooperstown, kicked off her campaign March 12, with a video entitled, "I'm Not Gonna Let Those Boys Beat Me." Collier describes herself as a progressive and the latest in a line of five generations of farmers to work the land of the 19th Congressional District. “Donald Trump and Republicans like John Faso are destroying working-class families like mine with their wildly irresponsible actions and policies,” she said. “Women make up less than 20 percent of Congress. Our voices are drastically underrepresented. We need to do better. We need change. That is why I am running for Congress.” If elected, Collier said, she will “stand up for women’s rights, fight for health care for all Americans, focus on progressive economic policies for growth for the 19th District, and protect our environment from the devastating impacts of climate change.” Collier was educated at Cornell University and has a master's degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. She worked for the United Nations in Thailand and served as an agricultural economist under the Obama administration. Collier is a nationally ranked triathlete. She joins a field of six men in the Democratic primary on June 26. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.