In an email to supporters, Democratic Congressional candidate Aaron G. Woolf said he was honored to receive the endorsement of Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and asked supporters to contribute to his campaign.
The endorsement from the Congressman is evidence of the campaigns growing momentum, according to the email.
However, this campaign is not about me or Congressman Owens, the email reads.Its about whether or not the North Country has a representative who understands that by working together with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we can re-invest in local economies, attract new businesses and help our existing businesses grow. As your next representative, I will work every day to expand opportunity for small businesses and the workers who call the North Country home.
Mr. Woolf came in second in terms of cash on hand in the race for New Yorks 21st Congressional District seat with $403,405, finishing $113,000 behind Republican Matthew A. Doheny, who reported $516,444 in cash on hand.
Elise M. Stefanik is facing Mr. Doheny in a June Republican primary. She raised $350,825.
But Mr. Woolf and Mr. Doheny both loaned their campaigns substantial amounts of money.
Mr. Doheny lent his campaign $250,500, Mr. Woolf lent his $200,000 and Ms. Stefanik lent hers $15,000.
Mr. Woolf may not face a primary challenger in the race, as his opponent, Stephen W. Burke, has had his ballot petitions challenged both before the New York state Board of Elections and the state Supreme Court. Mr. Burke submitted 1,311 signatures on his petitions. The minimum number required to be listed on the ballot as a Democrat is 1,250.
So Mr. Woolf may be able to make it through the primary without spending much while his two Republican opponents work to get their message out across the vast expanses of the 21st District.
Mr. Dohenys campaign announced a new radio advertisement today entitled Real World, which touts the candidates business experience and Conservative with a capital C credentials.
Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the Conservative Party while Mr. Doheny has been endorsed by the Independence Party.