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Matt Funiciello, the rumored Green Party candidate in the 21st Congressional District race recently profiled by the Glens Falls Post Star, is expected to submit petitions with enough signatures to become a Green Party candidate in the contest today at approximately 1 p.m. in Albany.

According to a statement released by Mr. Funiciello’s media contact, Peter LaVenia, Mr. Funiciello will be interviewed by Susan Arbetter of the Capital Pressroom Tuesday morning before making himself available to press prior to turning in his petitions.

In the news release, Mr. Funiciello released a lengthy statement outlining his platform.

“I’m running for Congress because the citizens of this country need to be represented by people who actually live and work in their districts,” Mr. Funiciello said in the release.

MINIMUM WAGE, HEALTHCARE, FARMS

“I support a majoritarian agenda: a living wage ($15/hour), universal singer-payer health care in place of the ACA, federal support of small sustainable family farms in place of subsidies for corporate agri-business and job creation via a Green New Deal.”

PUBLIC FINANCING, MILITARY BUDGET, FRACKING

“I am for full and public financing of elections, a serious reduction of the U.S. military budget, support for public utilities and renewable energy and a ban on clearly unsafe practices such as hydrofracking.”

NO MORE FEDERAL RESERVE OR IRS

“I am for closing down the Federal Reserve and the IRS and, instead, collecting a modest consumption tax on all purchases so that workers are no longer taxed on their labor, a clearly unconstitutional practice.”

QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE, FIRST GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE ELECTED?

“As a long-time resident, born in the district, and as a business owner, I am well aware of the real problems facing working people and have better answers than my potential opponents. I look forward to a rewarding race introducing myself, my ideas and those of the Green Party to the people in our district, and to becoming the first Green Party member elected to Congress.”

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

“It is an open seat and I will clearly be on the ballot. I can see no reason why voters seeking meaningful and historic change in their representation would not choose to vote for me. It is the brave thing to do. And we are a brave people.”

— DPF

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Republican candidate Elise M. Stefanik, Willsboro, announced that she has submitted more than 5,700 signatures to be listed on the ballot for the upcoming primary elections. Only 1,250 signatures are required to be listed on the Republican line.

“I’m extremely humbled by the tremendous efforts of all the volunteers from across the district who helped gather signatures during the last few cold and snowy weeks, and also by the support shown for our campaign by the thousands of Republicans who signed their names. As a new and first-time candidate, the support and positive feedback I’ve received continues to be remarkable,” Ms. Stefanik said in a news release. “The hard work done by the county GOP committees helping to carry petitions in communities all across the district has been tremendous.”

Ballot petitions are due by Thursday.

Candidates often try to get as many signatures as possible so their ballot petitions can pass any legal challenges. The number is also often used to gauge the support any given candidate is likely to receive in the primary and general elections.

Ms. Stefanik also sent out endorsements from two Republican Party Committee chairpersons.

“Elise has shown the Republican County Committees and Chairs that she is fully committed to running an energetic and positive campaign to win this seat back. As a first-time candidate, she was out walking with us often to get these signatures, and the impressive number of Republican signatures she turned in is not surprising to me at all,” stated Ron Jackson, Essex County Republican Committee Chairman.

“The County Republican Committees were impressed with Elise’s intelligence, work ethic, personality and grit. That’s why we endorsed her candidacy twice before. The high number of Republican petitions she turned in reinforces the enthusiasm voters across the district have for her campaign,” said Fulton County Republican Chairwoman Sue McNeil.

— DPF

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