May 02, 2014 — It looks like there won't be primary contests for Democrats or Green Party candidates in this year's big North Country House race.
The state Board of Elections this week voted to disqualify Green Party candidate Don Hassig, a long-time environmental activist, and Democratic contender Stephen Burke from Macomb because of late or invalid petitions. Both men had hoped to appear on their party's ballots in the 21st District congressional race.
According to WWNY-TV, Burke has promised to challenge the ruling. But Hassig, who has run repeatedly on the Green Party line, told the station that he's not sure if he will fight the decision. If the rulings hold up, Democrat Aaron Woolf, a seasonal resident of Elizabethtown, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello from Glens Falls will appear uncontested on the June primary ballot.
Republicans and Conservatives, meanwhile, face a fierce contest in their primary between Matt Doheny from Watertown and Elise Stefanik, who moved last year to Willsboro.