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NY-21 GOP candidates Doheny and Stefanik both to appear at Watertown luncheon

The race for the North Country's congressional seat gets a little more up close and personal today, with Republican challengers Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik appearing at the same venue. Both will attend the Watertown Armed Forces Luncheon at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The two candidates have traded barbs at long distance in recent weeks, through sharply worded emails and campaign flyers. This will be one of the first moments when they will appear at the same event.

Doheny, from Watertown, is running for the third time. Stefanik, who has already claimed the Conservative Party ballot line, moved to Willsboro last year and is making her first bid for public office. Later this month, they'll hold the first of two Republican debates on May 27, with the second debate scheduled for June 12.

The party primary is set for June 24. Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew Funiciello are running unopposed. Incumbent Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, is stepping down at the end of this term.  Go to full article

No Green, Democratic primaries in NY21 race

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.  Go to full article

GOP will win NY21 seat, and others, party leaders say

Republican party leaders have high expectations when it comes to the November Congressional elections in New York State - and the North Country's 21st Congressional District is on the list of those they say they expect to win.  Go to full article

A new face in the NY-21 race: Stephen Burke

A new candidate has jumped into the race for the 21st Congressional District seat. Stephen Burke, a current member of the Macomb Town Council and former Democratic Chairman for St. Lawrence County, says he's running.

Burke has run unsuccessfully for office repeatedly in the past, including a bid for president, for Lieutenant governor of New York, and for US Congress.  Go to full article
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny hopes fourth time's a charm in NY-21 run

CORRECTION ADDED 6/7/14: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Matt Doheny lost a "primary bid" leading up the special election in the then-23rd Congressional district, following the selection of Congressman John McHugh as Secretary of the Army.

In fact, there was no primary in that race. However, Matt Doheny did seek selection from North Country GOP leaders to be chosen as their candidate for that special election. Instead, the leaders chose Dede Scozzafava.

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The plot twists keep coming in the effort to win the 21st District Congressional seat that Bill Owens currently occupies. Yesterday morning, Republican Matt Doheny upended the race by announcing his fourth run in the district. Doheny narrowly lost to Owens in 2010 and 2012, and lost an internal party bid in 2009.

He joins a crowded GOP field that includes the party's endorsed candidate, Elise Stefanik, and several lesser known candidates. The Alexandria Bay native's decision riled some North Country Republican leaders.  Go to full article
NY-21 GOP candidate Elise Stefanik (left) and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf. NCPR file photos
NY-21 GOP candidate Elise Stefanik (left) and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf. NCPR file photos

No clear "North Country" candidate in NY-21 race

Congressman Bill Owens shocked the political establishment and the entire North Country when he announced last month he wouldn't seek re-election. That decision set in motion a wide-open race, with both parties scrambling to find the best candidates.

Republican party leaders are gathering around Elise Stefanik, a former aide to vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Stefanik has spent much of her life in the Capital district and says she moved to Willsboro in the 21st district last year.

Wednesday, North Country Democrats surprised everyone when they endorsed Aaron Woolf, a documentary filmmaker and a political newcomer.  Go to full article
NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.
NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.

We could have a Democratic NY-21 candidate by end of day today

Democratic leaders in the North Country say they'll hold a daylong meeting today in Long Lake to review possible candidates for the 21st District House seat.

In December, Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens announced that he wouldn't seek another term. That sparked a political scramble in the region.  Go to full article
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010 and 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010 and 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny polling well as potential NY-21 candidate

A new poll released this morning appears to show strong support among Republicans for Matt Doheny, the Watertown businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the North Country's seat in the House of Representatives in 2010 and again in 2012.

The poll -- conducted by a company that has worked for Doheny in the past -- showed him well ahead of Elise Stefanik, the Willsboro resident who has been viewed as the GOP frontrunner.  Go to full article

Betty Little out of NY 21

State Senator Betty Little confirmed yesterday that she won't seek the North Country's House seat. The Republican from Queensbury says she intends to run again for the state senate.  Go to full article
NY-21 Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty
NY-21 Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Green party denounces Hassig after farmworker statement

North Country Green Party candidate Donald Hassig says he left a profane voice mail message over the weekend on the answering machine of a woman who serves as one of his party's top state officials.

In an email statement sent to North Country Public Radio, Hassig says he called party co-chair Gloria Mattera "an American elitist bitch." This after the party issued a statement Friday calling Hassig's statements about "Mexican" workers "disturbing and reprehensible", and saying although he's petitioned for the Green Party line on November's ballots, "we do not consider him a Green candidate."

Hassig is running for a House seat in the North Country's 21st congressional district.

The message follows an ugly blow-up within the Green Party that began last Thursday, when Hassig argued at a candidate forum in Wanakena that immigrants working on North Country dairy farms should be rounded up and deported.  Go to full article

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