Primary Day Looms for NY 21st District Candidates

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 05/20 2014 07:13PM

Updated 05/20 2014 07:17PM


We're just over a month away from New York's 21st Congressional District primary.

The Republicans are the only ones needing a primary. They have 2 candidates. There's a first-timer and a repeat candidate hoping to make the ballot.

With just weeks until the primary in the largest district this side of the Mississippi River, people want their voices heard.

“I think government has gotten too big,” said Sally Spadaro, a Saranac Lake voter. “I'm very concerned about the changes with health care."

District 21 is home to a Republican battle between Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik.

On Tuesday, Stefanik visited the Saranac Lake Adult Center. She's the youngest candidate in the race.

“I think we need a new generation in Washington to help make our small businesses grow because ultimately my generation is going to have to clean up the mess of the decisions that are being made today,” said Elise Stefanik (R – NY 21 Candidate). “I'm 29 years old. I'll be 30 a few days after the primary."

“She's young and energetic and enthusiastic. Her family has a lumber business in the Albany area. She knows what it's like for the small business person to try to cope with regulations and health insurance changes,” said Spadaro.

This is Stefanik's first time running for office. She served under George W. Bush's administration in the Chief of Staff's Office.

Stefanik did not grow up in the district. She was raised in the Albany-area. But her family did have a seasonal home in Willsboro. That's where she lives now full-time."

She's clear on her priorities. “Promoting jobs and economic opportunity, balancing the budget and reigning in our debt and fighting for our second amendments,” said Stefanik.

Her Republican opponent is Matt Doheny. This will be the Alexandria Bay native's third time running for the position.

Doheny's key issues are: Jobs and the economy, repealing Obamacare and lowering taxes.

They go toe-to-toe on primary day: June 24th.

Also running uncontested in their respective parties are Democrat Aaron Woolf and Moderate Matt Funiciello.


A bit about Dem. Aaron Woolf:

His family moved to Elizabethtown when he was 4 years old.

He is a filmmaker.

Woolf helped the Adirondack North Country Association create the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign, leveraging local money to secure grants and low-income loans, saving seven upstate small town movie theaters.

His main priority if elected is job growth in the district.


As for Moderate Funiciello…

He’s a 46-year old bread baker from Glens Falls, NY.

He owns Rock Hill Bakehouse and Rock Hill Café.

Running as a Green.

His priorities: develop a single payer health care system and raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.


The general election is November 4th.

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