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Aaron G. Woolf, a Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, called this morning and gave reporter Brian Kelly a wide-ranging interview on issues that are important to north country voters. It was, as far as we can determine, his first substantive interview that touched on issues such as Fort Drum, north country health care, agriculture and gun control.

Brian’s story will be give the details, but a short synopsis of the interview is:

n Fort Drum: The biggest issue in the campaign, according to Mr. Woolf, who said that keeping Fort Drum and expanding the mission of the 10th Mountain Division is vital.

n Agriculture: Another huge issue for the 21st district, Mr. Woolf said that NNY farmers must have adequate infrastructure to be successful. Included in that need are good highways to get products to processors and to market, and a strong broadband network to keep farmers connected to buyers and to sources of technology and information.

n Health care: The region is fortunate to have strong regional facilities such as Samaritan Medical Center, which has benefitted from its connection with Fort Drum. He said the work of the North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission is vital to keep regional health care vibrant, and said the continuing need to be able to recruit doctors to the region is important.

n Gun control: Mr. Woolf said that he learned to shoot a gun as a youngster in the north country, and has neighbors at his Elizabethtown property who “hunt for recreation and some who hunt for sustenance.” He said north country voters would never have to worry whether he would stand for assaults on the Second Amendment.

n Interstate 98: He called the “rooftop highway” proposal an example of the bold initiative that President Dwight Eisenhower envisioned when he started the national interstate highway system back in the 1950s. And, likening the plan to the system, he said it was the kind of long-vision planning that is no longer in vogue in Washington.

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Republican 21st CD candidate Elise Stefanik soon will begin airing radio ads.

The first ad, a release from the campaign said, will take “her message of principled conservative leadership and support for Upstate small businesses and hardworking families to the airwaves.”

The release said the ad will introduce the candidate to a wider audience and will describe “the importance of her conservative credentials and small business background.”

“I continue to hear more encouragement and support as I travel throughout the district. Whether it’s walking door-to-door with our volunteer teams, collecting petition signatures, visiting and hearing from small businesses, or attending community events, voters in the North Country are excited about being a part of our campaign and it’s a great time to get our message up on the airwaves,” Ms. Stefanik is quoted in the release. “I’m going to keep working hard to earn the support of hardworking families, veterans and small businesses in the North Country.”

The ad, which begins by distancing Ms. Stefanik from her political experience in the Bush White House and the vice presidential campaign of Paul Ryan, touts Ms. Stefanik’s upstate roots: “Elise was born and raised in Upstate New York, in a small business family where she learned the values of hard work and humility.”

It goes on to blast the Democrats for the Affordable Care Act, over-regulation and “oppressive taxation.”

The spot says “The only conservative in the race, Elise will oppose Obamacare and defend the Second Amendment.”

Neither fellow Republican Matthew A. Doheny or Democratic challenger Aaron G. Woolf have as yet hit the airwaves.

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Since there are other political races than the 21st CD coming up, let’s swing over to the race for Jefferson County Sheriff.

Republican candidate John Bocciolatt, who spent many years on the West Coast before coming back to the north country, still has family in Oregon. In fact, as an example of the apple not falling far from the tree, his son Timothy Bocciolatt is an officer with the Portland police who this week responded to a call that has gone viral on the Internet.

Officer Bocciolatt was called upon to rescue a young family from its own cat. The quick-thinking officer grabbed the precinct’s only animal control snare and managed to get the angry pussycat under control, according to KOMO TV news in Portland.

Timothy Bocciolatt is a graduate of SUNY Canton.

Here is a link to the story: http://wdt.me/ZbvNpf

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