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Erin Collier Issues Statement on Trump Administration Proposed Cuts to USAID Funding

6/08/2018 - Press Release

Cooperstown, NY – In response to proposed cuts to USAID by the Trump administration as part of an upcoming government reorganization plan, Erin Collier issued the following statement.

"Working as an economist on USAID projects under President Obama, I saw firsthand how investments in foreign aid help to lift people out of poverty and provide access to food and water, and how they help our nation's image abroad. The Trump administration is once again placing political points over the character of our nation and jeopardizing our role in the world as a leader. We have a humanitarian obligation to help those in need."  

Erin Collier Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

6/04/2018 - Press Release

Cooperstown, NY – Erin Collier, economist under the Obama Administration and candidate for Congress, issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court Ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

“Today’s ruling is dangerous and disappointing. Businesses should not be allowed to discriminate against anyone regardless of race, religion, disability, age, gender, sex or sexual orientation. This goes against our country’s core values of tolerance and equality for all.”


Erin Collier: deep roots in the district

5/30/2018 - Fritz Mayer

NEW YORK 19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — In the last three elections for a seat in the House of Representatives in this district, the Democratic candidates have been labeled carpet baggers. That’s not likely to happen should Erin Collier become the party’s candidate. In a phone interview she said her family has lived in the area for eight generations and farmed for five. She said, “Nobody can out-root me. Faso cannot out-root me. My family has been living here since the 1700s, my family founded Colliersville, that’s right outside of Cooperstown.”

She is referring to Congressman John Faso, whom Collier and her six fellow candidates would like to run against after the Democratic primary on June 26.

Collier is an economist with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She said, “I started in the [President Barack] Obama administration working on a USAID project. Part of my work is to predict where there will be food shortages around the world, and inform federal policy about how the government is going to respond to that. So this of course is one of the programs that Obama was very supportive of, and it’s of course one that [President Donald] Trump has been trying to cut. He’s cutting a lot of USAID programs, he’s trying to cut State Department programs, so he’s cutting diplomacy as he ramps up defense.”

Like many of her opponents, Collier thinks that in this election cycle, healthcare is one of the most important issues. She said, “Everywhere I go in this district—and it’s a really big district—everybody talks about healthcare. Our system is not working. So I stand for Medicare for all. I believe healthcare is a basic human right, and everybody should have access to healthcare regardless of your age, sex, if you have pre-existing conditions, your income level. I feel very strongly about universal healthcare, and Medicare for all provides that. Other options such as a public option don’t guarantee universal coverage.” She also said that Medicare for all would lead to a healthier population, and having a healthier population would lower costs. She said, “It cuts costs because there is so much bureaucracy and inefficiency when you have a public/private system."

Erin Collier joins fellow Democratic Candidates, Activists Groups and Party Leaders in call for positive campaign in NY-19 Primary

5/29/2018 - Press Release

Cooperstown, NY – Today, the Democratic activist groups and Democratic leaders listed below stand with Democratic candidates Dave Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes and Pat Ryan, who have all committed to running positive campaigns and to stand together against negative attacks from outside groups. Voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District must be able to choose from positive, unifying visions for the future of the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Southern Tier and Capital Region. Signing on to this agreement ensures that the candidate who emerges from the highly qualified Democratic field will be in the strongest possible position to accomplish our shared, singular goal of defeating John Faso. We are calling on all of the NY-19 Democratic candidates to publicly support this agreement.

We know that Democrats win when we stand together to share our positive vision for the country. We must all be united in the shared goal of defeating John Faso. This is truly the most important election of our lifetimes, and Democrats must commit now more than ever to standing unified and empowered against attempts to divide us. Attacking fellow Democrats with Trumpian tactics plays right into Republican hands.

Over the past year, the candidates have run positive campaigns based on our shared values. We commend the candidates for their positivity and camaraderie. Negative attacks by candidates or by outside groups are likely to lead to additional negative attacks from all directions as candidates fight back to protect themselves. This would change the entire tenor of the Primary and weaken the Democratic nominee against John Faso. Therefore, we ask all candidates, and their supporters, to make sure that this spirit of positivity continues through the remaining weeks before the Primary election.

Democratic activist groups:

Working Families Party

NY19 Votes

Citizen Action

Columbia County Democratic Committee

Delaware County Democratic Committee

Democracy Matters

Hudson Valley Strong

Indivisible NY19

Indivisible The Fight is On

Listen to Us, John Faso

Livingston Democratic Committee

Move Forward New York

Schoharie Blue Streak

Spotlight 19


Washington Democratic Committee

Democratic leaders:

Mike Hein, Ulster County Executive

County Chairs

Frank Cardinale, Chair, Ulster County Democratic Committee

Doreen Davis, Chair, Greene County Democratic Committee

Kathleen Hayek, Chair, Delaware County Democratic Committee

Keith Kanaga, Chair, Columbia County Democratic Committee

Kim Muller, Chair, Otsego County Democratic Committee

Donna Schick, Chair, Sullivan County Democratic Committee, and NYS Democratic Committeewoman

Dan Ahouse, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Maurice Hinchey

Zach Feuer, Founder, Listen to Us, John Faso

Michelle and Ilene Hinchey

Pam Kline, Chair, Livingston Democratic Committee, and Chair, CCDC State and National Committee

Joan Mandle, Executive Director, Democracy Matters

Cynthia Reichman, Voter Outreach Director, Germantown Democratic Organization

Beth Soto, Pawling Democratic Committee Member

Richard Sternberg, Cooperstown Trustee, NYS Democratic Committee

Pat Courtney Strong, State Senate Candidate

Erin Collier, Candidate for Congress in NY-19, Issues Statement on Dodd-Frank Repeal

5/24/2018 - Press Release

Cooperstown, NY – Erin Collier, economist under the Obama Administration and candidate for Congress, issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s vote to roll back the Obama era Dodd-Frank regulations.

“It is appalling how quickly the Trump Administration and Congressman Faso chose to forget the horrors of the 2008 financial crisis. Rather than protect Main Street families and businesses, Trump and Faso are siding with the Wall Street special interests, who are already making record profits. As an economist, I know the importance of smart and sound financial regulation, this giveaway to the banking industry will only hurt the middle class. This is a grave mistake.”


NY-19 Democratic Candidate Erin Collier Talks About The Race

5/24/2018 - Allison Dunne

Seven Democrats, one seeking the Green Party nod and two unaffiliated candidates are hoping to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District.  34-year-old Cooperstown resident Erin Collier was the latest Democrat to enter and the only woman. This is the seventh and final of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the Democratic candidates.

Collier entered the race in mid-March. She says the election of Donald Trump, and a call to action during women’s marches in January 2017 for more women to run for office, prompted her to explore a campaign. Collier attended trainings for women to run for office, and was thinking about a congressional run in 2022. But the women leading the training convinced her otherwise.

Erin Collier is one of seven Democratic candidates who want to run against Faso in what is considered a swing district in the national spotlight. Two other candidates are unaffiliated and an eighth seeks the Green Party line. The primary is June 26th. WAMC is hosting a live debate among the seven Democratic candidates May 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio in Albany. 


CD 19 candidate Erin Collier: A fresh face with deep roots

5/20/2018 - Rachel Silberstein

COOPERSTOWN — No one can call Erin Collier an outsider.

The 34-year-old economist running in the Democratic primary for Congressional District 19 has roots in the area that go back eight generations, and her family has owned a farm in Cooperstown, N.Y. for five. There is even a hamlet called Colliersville in the Otsego County town of Milford, N.Y., named for her ancestor Isaac Collier, who settled there after the Revolutionary War.

There are few places in New York where the label "carpetbagger" is used as effectively as it is in the 19th Congressional District. Republicans have already lobbed the term at Collier's opponents in the crowded Democratic primary for the seat of Republican Rep. John Faso, and Collier knows her background is an asset.

"In a district where roots are very important, no one can outdo me in that area," she said.

She notes that that she is the only candidate who lives in a swing district, Otsego County, which would be valuable in the general election. Her own working-class family is split between Republicans and Democrats and she believes her narrative resonates across party lines in the closely divided district.

"Farmers, who tend to lean conservative, are telling me, 'Erin, I'm conservative, but you are listening to me and you get it and you have my vote,'" she said.  "As an economist, I am all about evidence-based policy...  it's making sure that we are talking about things and finding solutions that will actually work for everyone."


Erin Collier is Running for Congress in New York's 19th District

“It feels like I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing, like I’m doing the right thing."

5/11/2018 - Grace Edquist

Erin Collier’s campaign video announcing her run for Congress is striking. The opening shot shows her family’s farm in Cooperstown, New York, from overhead, the barn and pasture blanketed in a quiet snow. As the camera cuts to Erin, mid-stride and wearing a bright coral running top with her hair pulled back, she explains in a voiceover the story of the first race she ever ran — a parent-child 5K that she and her father participated in during her youth. As a boy and his father passed Erin and hers, her resolve was clear: she wasn’t going to let that boy beat her. She sped up and passed him, an allegory (with a similar outcome, she hopes) for a race she’s in now.

Erin is running to represent New York’s 19th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Until she joined the race in March, the crowded Democratic field was entirely male; she now faces six men in the June 26 primary. The winner of that race will go on to face the one-term incumbent, Republican John Faso, in the November midterm election. While two women are running in NY-19 as independents, Erin remains the sole female candidate representing a major party in the race.

“It feels like I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing, like I’m doing the right thing,” Erin, a nationally ranked triathlete and agricultural economist who has worked for the Obama administration, the U.N., and USAID, tells Teen Vogue. “I’m so proud to have a woman in this race, for me to have a voice in this race.”

EMILY’s List Endorses Erin Collier in Race for New York’s 19th Congressional District

5/09/2018- Press Release

Cooperstown, NY – Today EMILY’s list endorsed Erin Collier, Cooperstown native and economist on USAID projects under the Obama Administration. Collier issued the following statement:

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of EMILY’s list and I thank them for their support in this critical race. In 2018 women make up less than 20% of Congress, and I am excited to get women another seat at the table. I am running for Congress to fight for working families and evidence-based solutions that will lift up our communities. As a Congresswoman, I'll stop Trump's and Congressman Faso’s dangerous agenda, make sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare, protect a woman's right to choose, and combat climate change by investing in renewable energy.”

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Collier is their 50th active U.S. House Endorsement this cycle.

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, said

“Erin Collier is a fifth-generation farmer from Cooperstown who is running for Congress to fight for New York’s working families and expand economic opportunity. Growing up on a farm, she learned to deeply value hard work and helping others in her community. Erin has spent her career helping to feed people around the world, including through projects under the Obama administration. Now, she wants to work on behalf of her community in Congress. Erin is running in a crowded primary to face Republican Congressman John Faso, a vulnerable freshman incumbent who supports President Trump’s harmful agenda. She is mounting a strong campaign to hold Rep. Faso accountable in a district with a powerful grassroots movement of New Yorkers ready to send him packing. Let’s show Erin the full support of the EMILY’s List community so we can take back the House.”

The endorsement comes as Collier officially qualified for the ballot in the Democratic Primary.

Board of Elections Rules Erin Collier's Signatures Valid

New York State Board of Elections deems Erin Collier's signatures valid. Collier will appear on Primary Ballot in NY -19

05/01/2018- Press Release

ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Board of Elections today ruled Erin Collier's petition signatures valid, meaning she is officially qualified to be on the ballot for the Democratic Primary for New York's 19th District on June 26th. Erin Collier was the only candidate in the NY-19 Democratic Primary to be challenged, despite filing over 2,700 signatures in support of her candidacy with the State Board of Elections, which is more than double the required number of signatures and more than many Congressional candidates in other NY Congressional races filed without challenge.

She released the following statement:

“I am thrilled to announce that I will officially be on the Democratic ballot on June 26th. I am proud of my strong team that prevailed through this challenge and am proud to keep a woman in this race and at the table. I am incredibly grateful for my family, friends, and supporters for their continued confidence in me and our signatures. We have our result and can now move forward with what's important to NY19. I look forward to putting this distraction behind us and putting our progressive agenda front and center as we engage voters in a robust discussion about how to get John Faso out of the seat, stand up to Trump, and fight for the issues that matter to our community and country."

Erin Collier Qualifies for Primary Ballot in NY-19

Campaign files more than double the number of signatures required to be on June 26th ballot.

04/12/18- Press Release

ALBANY, NY -- Erin Collier, candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th district, announced today that she has qualified to be on the ballot for the Democratic Primary on June 26th. Collier’s campaign filed over 2,700 signatures in support of her candidacy with the State Board of Elections, more than double the required number of signatures.

She released the following statement:

“I am thrilled that I will be on the Democratic ballot on June 26th and grateful for my family, friends, and supporters who have hit the ground to launch this campaign so quickly and with such enthusiasm. I’m proud to be one of the thousands of women running for office this year, and I’m looking forward to a spirited primary.”

Erin Collier Calls on John Faso to Protect Robert Mueller’s Investigation

Progressive Candidate calls on Rep. John Faso to stand up to the assault on the Special Counsel’s investigation and protect our democracy.

03/17/2018 - Press Release

Cooperstown, NY -- Erin Collier, candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th district, released the following statement today:

“The coordinated attack on Robert Mueller's investigation and our law enforcement agencies by Donald Trump and his lawyer poses a direct threat to our democracy. The responsibility to stand up and defend the Special Counsel's investigation falls heavily on all Members of Congress, regardless of party. I call on John Faso to stand up for our country instead of hiding behind behind party lines.”


Economist and Nationally Ranked Triathlete Challenging Six Men — and a TV Star — For Seat in Congress

3/12/2018 - Julie Mazziotta

Erin Collier has spent her life racing, from 5Ks with her dad as a kid to triathlons — she was nationally ranked — in just the last few years. But now, she’s ready for a different kind of race, as she announces her run for Congress in New York’s competitive 19th Congressional District.

Collier, who is a fifth-generation farmer from the district, worked for the Obama administration as an agricultural economist. Now she’s running against six men for the Democratic nomination, a situation she likens back to that first 5K in her campaign ad, shared exclusively with PEOPLE.

“The first race I ever ran in was a 5K with my dad,” Collier recalls in the video. “It was a parent-son and daughter race, and I remember my dad and I were running in the race, and a boy and his father passed us. And I remember my dad immediately looking down at me and saying, ‘You’re not going to let that boy beat you, are you?’ And I was like, ‘Hell no!’ We sped up and ran really hard and beat them.”

Now, as one of the record-breaking number of women running for office in 2018, Collier hopes to represent for her gender in Congress.

“I have been thinking about running for office ever since the 2017 Women’s March,” she tells PEOPLE over email. “Women make up less than 20 percent of Congress. And that needs to change. The bottom line is that we need more women with progressive values in Congress. We need more members who are capable of standing up for working families and tackling the Trump administration’s agenda head on.”

Progressive Candidate Erin Collier Announces Campaign for Congress in NY-19

8th Generation Resident of District Will Become Only Woman in 7 Candidate Primary Field; Launches with Groundbreaking “I Won’t Let Those Boys Beat Me” Video

03/12/2018 Press Release

Cooperstown, NY -- Economist Erin Collier, an eighth generation native of the 19th District, today announced her run for Congress. She becomes the only woman running in a field of seven Democrats seeking the nomination to challenge John Faso in a district rated by the Cook Report as a “toss-up” race that will help determine control of Congress.

Her remarkable campaign video “I Won’t Let Those Boys Beat Me” tells the story of Erin’s upbringing on a farm in Cooperstown, her going to work as an economist under the Obama administration, and how becoming a nationally ranked triathlete shapes her view on racing as a progressive against six men.

“I grew up farming in upstate New York, and went to work as an economist under the Obama administration. I’ve put the values of hard work, service, and inclusiveness I learned as the to work in my career, “ Collier said. “Donald Trump and Republicans like John Faso are destroying working class families like mine with their wildly irresponsible actions and policies. Women make up less than 20% of Congress. Our voices are drastically underrepresented. We need to do better. We need change. That is why I am running for Congress."

During her campaign and in Congress, Erin will take on Donald Trump’s reckless and irresponsible policies, stand up for women’s rights, fight for healthcare 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.