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Woolf receives endorsement from Rep. Tonko in NY21 race


WATERTOWN — Aaron G. Woolf, a Democrat running for New York’s 21st Congressional District, was endorsed by Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, during a tour of businesses in Johnstown and Gloversville in Fulton County Monday.

“In a very short time, Aaron Woolf has shown he has the dedication and commitment to log the miles and ensure New Yorkers in Fulton County and the rest of the district are well represented in Congress,” Rep. Tonko said in a news release. “At a time when Washington is so divided, we need more people like Aaron who will work with both parties to find solutions to the challenges we face instead of using those problems to drive us further apart.”

Mr. Woolf will likely not face a primary election for the seat held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

Last week, the state Board of Elections invalidated the ballot petitions of his primary opponent Stephen W. Burke. Following a hearing with the state Supreme Court Monday, Mr. Burke is filing a new action to remain on the ballot. Another ruling in the matter is expected quickly, Mr. Burke said.

Rep. Owens announced in January that he would not seek reelection and endorsed Mr. Woolf during a tour of north country businesses nearly two weeks ago.

Republicans Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny will face each other in a primary election for their party’s nomination on June 24. Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the Conservative Party and Mr. Doheny by the Independence Party.

Matthew J. Funiciello, a Green Party candidate, is also running in the race.

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