Gun control was one of the topics the three candidates running for the North Country's open congressional seat discussed during their final debate of the election season, hosted by WWNY-TV in Watertown. Both Republican Elise Stefanik and Democrat Aaron Woolf agree the New York SAFE Act is flawed.
Woolf says there needs to be a discussion about sensible gun control, and that mental health should be looked at, starting in schools.
The issue of who is really from the North Country continues to be raised in the race for the 21st Congressional District seat. Last night, the second of three televised debates was held in Plattsburgh, sponsored by WPTZ-TV. This time, the three candidates were all asked where they maintain their primary residence and whether they were eligible to vote in the district two years ago.
Elise Stefanik, the Republican candidate, has spent the last several years living and working in Washington, D.C., but now lives at her family vacation home in Essex County.
Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate running to represent the North Country's 21st Congressional District, says he plans to show the divide between himself and his Republican opponent Elise Stefanik during Wednesday night's debate.
"The very fact that she has been less forthcoming with the press, to put it mildly, lately, means that this is really a very crucial opportunity for us to make sure she's on the record and being as specific as we've asked her to be," Woolf explained to reporters during a conference call Tuesday.
A new poll in New York's North Country's Congressional race finds Republican Elise Stefanik leading Democrat Aaron Woolf 46 to 33 percent. Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is favored by 10 percent of those polled.
The poll was conducted independent of the candidates by WWNY-TV 7 News in Watertown and Siena College. It has a four point margin of error.
The poll also finds North Country voters deeply dissatisfied with their state and federal leaders, with more than 10 percent of voters saying they're unsure how to vote.
Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate in the North Country's 21st Congressional District, released his first television ad today.
Woolf, a documentary filmmaker, is running against Republican Elise Stefanik and Green Party candidate Matt Funicello to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. Woolf's television commercial says that if elected, he would be willing to work with Republicans to get legislation passed.
After entering the race as a complete unknown last year, Elise Stefanik won the Republican Party primary in New York's 21st Congressional District Tuesday night by a commanding margin over Matt Doheny.
Stefanik, a 29-year-old political analyst, overcame non-existent name recognition, opposition from some senior GOP leaders, and claims that she was a "carpetbagger" from outside the North Country district.
11:05 pm: Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) declares victory over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney in Republican primary in 22nd Congressional District. There is no Democrat running in the general election in November.
10:38 pm: Republican candidate Matt Doheny concedes to Elise Stefanik in the race to be the party's nominee for the 21st Congressional District in November.
The 21st district covers the North Country and is currently represented by Rep. Bill Owens (D), who announced his retirement earlier this year.
For the past few months, North Country voters have heard a lot about the two Republican candidates running to represent the party in this fall's election for New York's 21st Congressional District. But the differences between Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny aren't really that vast.
Both Stefanik and Doheny oppose the Affordable Care Act and want better care for military veterans. But while their national policies tow the Republican line, they have sparred some on the local level. For example, the two disagree on the I-98 "Rooftop Highway" project.
The two candidates vying for the Republican Party's nod in the 21st Congressional District showed a lot of similarities during an hour-long primary debate held Thursday in Watertown. The debate between Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik was broadcast on WWNY in Watertown and North Country Public Radio and public television.
Both candidates want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and repair the medical care system for veterans.
The primary race between Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik to represent the North Country's 21st Congressional District continues to draw national attention. On Tuesday, GOP Super PAC American Crossroads joined the fray by running a television ad against Doheny in Albany, Watertown and Plattsburgh, which attacks the Watertown businessman's political and personal record.