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Aaron Woolf has been chosen by Democratic Party leaders in the North Country to seek the NY-21 House seat. Photo provided by NYS Democratic Party
Aaron Woolf has been chosen by Democratic Party leaders in the North Country to seek the NY-21 House seat. Photo provided by NYS Democratic Party

Dems pick doc filmmaker Aaron Woolf to seek NY-21 seat

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Democratic leaders in the North Country have chosen a political newcomer to seek the House seat in the 21st congressional district.

County chairs from across the region met yesterday in Long Lake and chose Aaron Woolf, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who lives part of the year in Elizabethtown and also operates a grocery in Brooklyn.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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Woolf's 2007 documentary "King Corn," which cast a critical eye on federal Farm Bill subsidies and industrial agriculture, won a Peabody award.

In 2010, Woolf spoke to the green group Adirondack Council and talked about the importance of sustaining local agriculture in the North Country.

"In Essex County, those 395 farms that were there 46 years ago dropped to a low of 195 in 1992. That's 200 farms less than were there in 1964," Woolf said.

"But then of course the farmer's market came into existence in E[lizabeth]town in 1990 from 1992 to the present the number of farms marketing directly to consumers in Essex County has nearly doubled."

In a statement released last night, Washington County Democratic chair Sheila Comar said support for Woolf was unanimous among party leaders.

Comar described Woolf as "a problem solver who will take a common-sense approach."

Republican leaders, meanwhile, have chosen Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide who moved to Willsboro last year, to be their candidate.

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