Cheney, from Rhinebeck, running for Congress
Ted Remsnyder at Columbia-Greene Media features Jamie Cheney, the Rhinebeck-based farmer who has announced a run for Congress. Cheney faces Ithaca lawyer Josh Riley and OutHudson Executive Director Osun Zotique in the Democratic primary on Aug. 23. Cheney and her husband Christian own Falcon’s Field in Rhinebeck, a cattle farm on the Columbia and Dutchess county border that focuses on Angus beef. Cheney is a Yale graduate who earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. Originally, Cheney was running for state Senate in the 43rd district . Then redistricting upended the 43rd Districr, and put Cheney in the new 41st district, which meant she would have faced incumbent state Sen. Michelle Hinchey. Instead, she chose to run for Congress. “When the 19th district was redrawn, I unfortunately did not see a Democratic candidate in the race that I think can hold his seat and make sure we’re represented in D.C. in a way that represents our values and some of the key policy issues that we need,” Cheney said. “I feel very strongly that the 19th must be represented in that way.” And recent news headlines also helped spur her run. “I’m of a generation that never thought we’d go backwards on Roe and thought we’d always expand access to the ballot,” she said. Cheney also mentioned the lack of access to health care and broadband service as motivating issues. “The other priority for me is making sure our rural communities have a strong voice that reflects our policies in our smaller towns and smaller cities,” Cheney said. “I think we’ve had very well-intentioned policies, but particularly in the Democratic caucus it’s been written from our large urban centers.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.