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Matt Doheny at a campaign stop in 2010.  Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO
Matt Doheny at a campaign stop in 2010. Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO

Matt Doheny will make third try for NY-21 House seat

The race for New York's 21st House district has gotten more complicated: Republican Matt Doheny announced his bid for the North Country seat this morning.

It'll be the third try for Doheny, a 43-year-old businessman from Watertown. He is seeking the Republican, Independence and Conservative Party lines.  Go to full article

Green party voters may get primary race in NY-21

It's been just about a week since the Democratic Party announced documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf as its candidate for the 21st District congressional seat Bill Owens currently holds, but Woolf has yet to make a public appearance or return emails since then. A brief statement last week said an official campaign announcement would be made "in the coming days."

But there has been news among Greens in the 21st District. The Green Party is heading towards a rare primary as St. Lawrence County anti-cancer activist Donald Hassig and Glens Falls baker and businessman Matt Funiciello have both said they're running as Green Party candidates.  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
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

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.  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

Democrats seek candidate for NY-21

Democratic party leaders in the North Country say they'll wrap up interviews with potential candidates for the region's House seat the first week in February.

In a press release issued this morning, Washington County Chairman Sheila Comar said the group is expected to complete its selection process by mid-February.  Go to full article
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source:  NYSDOS)
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source: NYSDOS)

Scozzafava doesn't rule out NY21 House bid

Former North Country Assemblywoman and House candidate Dede Scozzafava says she's not ruling out another run for Congress, now that Democrat Bill Owens is stepping aside.

Scozzafava, who works now for the Cuomo administration's Department of State, spoke yesterday in Plattsburgh during an interview with Mountain Lake PBS.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik has established herself as the early GOP frontrunner in the NY21 House race.
Elise Stefanik has established herself as the early GOP frontrunner in the NY21 House race.

NY21: More good news for Stefanik

There was more good news over the weekend for Elise Stefanik, the Republican who hopes to win North Country's 21st congressional district seat.

Stefanik won endorsements from former tea party candidate Doug Hoffman and from former state Senator Ray Meier.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens was an odds-on favorite to win in November.  His decision to step aside clears the way for another political brawl. NCPR file photo: Mark Kurtz
Rep. Bill Owens was an odds-on favorite to win in November. His decision to step aside clears the way for another political brawl. NCPR file photo: Mark Kurtz

Owens steps aside, opening fierce NY 21 battle

In a shocking political development, North Country congressman Bill Owens announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection in November. This announcement throws a seat which had been a safe hold for Democrats into what will likely be fierce contention.

In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Owens said he was stepping down following about six weeks of introspection about his role in Washington. He said gridlock and partisan venom contributed to his decision, but that "wasn't the driving force."

Owens predicted that Democrats would have a serious shot holding the 21st district. He noted that Barack Obama won the North Country region in 2012.  Go to full article

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