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Democrat Aaron Woolf campaigning in Malone, NY. Photo: Brian Mann
Democrat Aaron Woolf campaigning in Malone, NY. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country's economic fears echo on campaign trail

It's now less than three months to the November election, when the North Country will choose a new member of Congress.

The race between Republican Elise Stefanik, Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is expected to be one of the most competitive, hard-fought House contests in the country.

Big campaigns can be punishing affairs, with huge ad blitzes, vast amounts of anonymous campaign cash, and a lot of mudslinging. But there are also days when elections actually allow voters to talk about their concerns and their problems with politicians.  Go to full article
GOP candidates for the NY-21 congressional seat: Elise Stefanik (left) and Matt Doheny
GOP candidates for the NY-21 congressional seat: Elise Stefanik (left) and Matt Doheny

NY-21: GOP primary heats up, but who's paying attention?

Believe it or not, the primary election in New York is just a month away. It's long been held in September, but the date was moved up this year, in part to get a jump on the national political calendar.

But the timing is pressurizing primary contests, including the Republican primary race for the North Country's Congressional seat. There's news from both Matt Doheny's and Elise Stefanik's campaigns. Reporter David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to talk about the latest in the race.  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
Deryl Kolanko, at right, owns the Potsdam Agway. He explains his business to Congressman Bill Owens (left) and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf (right). Photo: Sarah Harris
Deryl Kolanko, at right, owns the Potsdam Agway. He explains his business to Congressman Bill Owens (left) and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf (right). Photo: Sarah Harris

Owens endorses and campaigns with Aaron Woolf in NY21 race

Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for Congress Aaron Woolf was in St. Lawrence County yesterday. He was campaigning and he wasn't alone. Current Congressman Bill Owens, who plans to retire at the end of this term, joined Woolf for an official endorsement as they visited local businesses.  Go to full article
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny in 2012. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny in 2012. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein

NY21 Republican primary goes from sour to bitter

The bitter fight between Republicans Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik just got a little more fierce. The two are running to replace Democrat Bill Owens in the 21st Congressional District. Owens is retiring at the end of this year.

The Stefanik campaign announced yesterday that she plans to challenge petitions filed by Doheny for the Conservative and the Independence Party ballot lines.  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

Where NY21 Dem Candidate Aaron Woolf stands on the issues

The endorsed Democratic candidate for Bill Owens' seat in Congress finally broke his media silence Wednesday, speaking with several North Country media outlets. Aaron Woolf spoke with David Sommerstein on a range of issues, from gun control and health care to why a political rookie wants to represent the region. Democratic county chairs chose Woolf to run a month ago, but he had declined interviews until now.

Woolf faces a primary challenge from St. Lawrence County political veteran Steve Burke.

Woolf was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from high school in Princeton, New Jersey, and has lived in many different places. Until last month, he was registered to vote in Brooklyn. But Woolf says he considers Elizabethtown in Essex County home. Woolf spoke by phone with David Sommerstein from the grocery store he owns in Brooklyn.  Go to full article

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