The voters of the 21st Congressional District on Tuesday elected Elise Stefanik, who will become the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress.
The 30-year-old Republican handily defeated Democrat Aaron Woolf in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls finished a distant third.
“We put another crack in the glass ceiling,” Stefanik told cheering supporters at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls.
Stefanik, a politically conservative former domestic policy aide in the George W. Bush White House, moved to a family home in Willsboro last year and announced plans to run for Congress even before Owens’ unexpected decision to retire last January. She campaigned on a platform calling for lower taxes and a smaller role for government.
Woolf, a documentary filmmaker and part owner of a Brooklyn grocery, campaigned on traditional Democratic issues including preservation of Social Security and raising taxes to support the program.
The 21st Congressional District, where Republicans have a significant voter enrollment advantage, stretches from central Saratoga County and Fulton County to the Canadian border.