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Dems tap Woolf for run in 21st District

Dems tap Woolf for run in 21st District

Democrats selected an award-winning filmmaker as their candidate for the 21st Congressional District

Democrats selected an award-winning filmmaker as their candidate for the 21st Congressional District seat this week.

Aaron Woolf of Elizabethtown, Essex County, won unanimous support from the Democratic chairpersons of all 12 counties in the sprawling 21st Congressional District, according to a release.

Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Todd Kerner confirmed Woolf’s selection but declined further comment Thursday.

Republicans meanwhile are heaping endorsements on former George W. Bush aide Elise Stefanik, of Willsboro, who began her campaign months before incumbent Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, announced plans to retire from office.

The 21st Congressional Dis-

trict, which drew roughly 268,000 voters to the polls in 2012, encompasses parts of Saratoga and Hamilton counties and all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties — basically most of the northern section of the state.

Woolf could not be reached for comment Thursday.

In their announcement, Democrats describe Woolf as a small business owner and producer of several documentary films.

In the release, Washington County Democratic Chairwoman Sheila Comar describes Woolf as “the best candidate to continue Representative Bill Owens’ work to protect our seniors and the Medicare guarantee, middle-class families, and reflect the independent spirit that makes the North Country strong.”

“Woolf is a problem solver who will take a commonsense approach and is committed to working together to find solutions that create more jobs and spur New York’s economy,” Comar said in the release.

Efforts to reach Comar were unsuccessful Thursday.

Stefanik, a sales, marketing and management executive at her family business, Premium Plywood Products Inc., served as debate preparation director for vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. She served on the domestic policy council staff and in the chief of staff office in the administration of George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009.

She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

As major parties settle on their candidates, others are being sought in the district. An independent panel last week put out a call on Craigslist looking for an “economic populist” they hope to support for a campaign.

The “ad-hoc” group led by Green Party members is looking for a candidate similar to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, who is credited with working to hold the finance industry accountable.

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