Anthony German, a retired two-star general from Oneonta, announced his candidacy Wednesday in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional District.
German will run on the Republican ticket for the seat currently held by Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck.
A former adjutant general of the New York National Guard, German said he was responsible for overseeing 20,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors and civilian staff in response to some of the state’s worst natural disasters, including Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy.
“After 36 years of serving our country and our state, I’m looking for another opportunity to serve,” he said.
German said he decided to run after his retirement in January. With more time to catch up on the state of affairs at home, “it took me by surprise just how dysfunctional the government is.”
German denounced Delgado as having grown “increasingly out of touch,” criticizing him for failing to check the “most extreme elements of his party.”
Although he has no prior political experience, German said “the higher up you go in the military ranks, the more you work in business and politics.”
German said his main priorities are health care, border security and trade, issues which he argued should not be subject to a partisan divide.
“I’ve always been a person to bring people together,” he said. “We’ve got to be able to reach across and come to some sort of agreement.”
A Roxbury native, German said he attended school in Cobleskill and received his degree from SUNY Oneonta.
“I love this district and the people in it,” German said. “I look forward to a hard-fought race.”
The primary election will be held June 23, 2020.
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