On Tuesday, a candidate for Congress in New York's 21st District visited the North Country to talk Medicare. Democrat Aaron Woolf was joined in Willsboro by a well-known political friend.
Aaron Woolf shook hands and shared photos with residents at the Champlain Valley Senior Community in Willsboro on Tuesday.
“It was very nice, very appropriate,” said Senior Community resident Carman Santor. “It's an election year and he was here to meet the people and lay it down."
Woolf was joined by Congressman Bill Owens, who has endorsed the filmmaker.
Owens coached Woolf on the challenges of the large 21st District.
“It’s a District that requires you to literally to drive hours to meet with folks,” said Rep. Bill Owens (D – NY 21). “This just takes a lot of time."
Aaron Woolf visited the Champlain Valley Senior Community specifically to discuss Medicare. He says, he and his opponent Elise Stefanik have very different views on the future of the health care program.
Woolf argues Medicare is strong enough to remain untouched for the next 20 years.
“There's a strong contrast between my position which is to defend Medicare and that of my opponent which is to change the system, to voucherize it,” said Aaron Woolf (D – Candidate for Congress).
However, Republican Elise Stefanik's staff says that's not the case.
Her press secretary Charlotte Guyett told us:
"Elise has said numerous times she will not change Medicare for those at or near retirement, and will fight to protect this important entitlement for New York seniors. We know Medicare in its current state will be insolvent in 20 years. Elise has been traveling the district for over a year talking to voters about real solutions that will help ensure programs, like Medicare, are here for future generations."
Woolf says his stop in Willsboro, the town where Stefanik* has her North Country roots, was a coincidence.
“This is very close to Elizabethtown where I have a home, where my parents bought a home in 1968 so this is familiar territory and no, it was not strategic in that way,” said Woolf.
Woolf has prioritized jobs and protecting social security and Medicare for his campaign.
Woolf and Stefanik are both first-time candidates for elected office.
They are also running against Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello.