Republican voters in the vast 21st Congressional District, which touches 12 North Country counties, including Saratoga and Fulton, over roughly 16,000 square miles, will go to the polls today to select the nominee for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Former Bush White House adviser Elise Stefanik is facing two-time congressional candidate Matt Doheny in the Republican race.
Stefanik, a former adviser to the White House during the President George W. Bush administration and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has the party backing and high-profile endorsements from former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his 2012 running mate, Ryan.
Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, ran unsuccessfully against Owens in 2010 and again in 2012. Doheny has the endorsements of a pair of GOP state senators, Joe Griffo of Rome and Pattie Ritchie of Oswegatchie.
Owens, who took office in 2009, is not seeking re-election.
Aaron Woolf, a filmmaker from Elizabethtown, is running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines — he has been endorsed by Owens — while the Green Party is fielding Matt Funiciello, a bread company owner from Glens Falls.
The polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.