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Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS

Aubertine not running for Congress

One of the most prominent Democrats in the North Country confirmed yesterday he's not running for Bill Owens' seat in Congress. Longtime Assemblyman and State Senator Darrel Aubertine of Cape Vincent said in a press release he would remain in his current position as a special assistant in the state comptroller's office.

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David Sommerstein
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The announcement leaves the Democratic party’s endorsed candidate, Aaron Woolf, unlikely to face a primary challenge. Woolf is a documentary film maker who has spent much of his life living seasonally in Elizabethtown in the Champlain Valley. Woolf has not appeared publicly or spoken on the record since his candidacy was announced two weeks ago. But he has reached out to several media outlets, including North Country Public Radio, urging patience as he prepares his campaign.

Republican operatives seized on the news of Aubertine’s decision not to run, posting a photo from the movie Rocky on twitter. They said Democrats had “thrown in the towel” and labeled Woolf as a “Manhattanite” running in the North Country.

The Republicans' endorsed candidate, Elise Stefanik, moved to Essex County last year to run for the seat. Three time candidate Matt Doheny of the Thousand Islands region is challenging her for the GOP line in November.

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