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Former Spa City public safety chief wants to challenge Stefanik

Former Spa City public safety chief wants to challenge Stefanik

6 Democrats have now lined up to bid for 21st district seat
Former Spa City public safety chief wants to challenge Stefanik
Ronald Kim.
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A former Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner is the latest Democrat to announce a run for Rep. Elise Stefanik’s seat in Congress. 

Ronald Kim, of Queensbury, said Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination so he can challenge Stefanik, a second-term Republican congresswoman from Essex County, in 2018.

“I am running for Congress because the residents of the 21st cannot tolerate Elise Stefanik’s continued refusal to meet with constituents on the fundamental right to healthcare, and they certainly cannot afford her support of a healthcare law that would strip health insurance from almost 100,000 residents of the North Country,” Kim said in a prepared statement. “Even Donald Trump called Stefanik’s support of this bill ‘mean.’”

Kim is the sixth Democrat to announce a bid for the 21st District. Also seeking the nomination are Emily Martz, of Saranac Lake; Tedra Cobb, of St. Lawrence County; Katie Wilson, of Essex County; Patrick Nelson, of Stillwater; and Donald Boyajian, of Cambridge.

Kim was elected as the Spa City’s public safety commissioner in 2006 and 2008. He ran for mayor, unsuccessfully, in 2009. He grew up in Glens Falls and works as an attorney, representing clients in matters of consumer and employment rights.

Stefanik, of Willsboro, was elected in 2014. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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