Pat Ryan, one of six Democrats vying to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso, announced that the Gardiner Democratic Committee and Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach have endorsed him.

Ryan is a Kingston native and West Point graduate who served two tours as an Army officer in Iraq and has since started two technology companies. He and his wife now live in Gardiner.

“Pat is a ‘cross-over’ candidate and a unifier,” the Gardiner Democrats said in a statement quoted in Ryan’s press release. “His progressive policy priorities will win in our district, and his military service, as well as his experience as a small business owner, will open doors in the counties where Trump signs dotted lawns.”

Auerbach and New Paltz councilman Daniel Torres, who works for Auerbach as an assistant to the comptroller, also are quoted making endorsement statements at the opening of Ryan’s campaign office in Kingston on Sunday. (Update: Torres notes that he no longer works for the Ulster comptroller’s office.)

“I couldn’t think of anyone better to fight for us in Washington than a trained soldier like Pat Ryan,” Auerbach said.

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