Republican and Conservative Party candidate Elise M. Stefanik, who is running for New York’s 21st Congressional District, announced her coalition on agriculture Thursday in Glens Falls.
The coalition includes experts from 10 of the 12 counties in the district and is designed to develop “common sense solutions to issues the 21st District is facing,” according to a news release accompanying the announcement.
The coalition is chaired by Michael Bittel of Washington County.
Area members include: Todd Hyman, Adam Miner, Lyn Murray, Peggy Murray, Mark Murray, Barry Ormsby, Julia Robbins and Ron Taylor of Jefferson County; Jen Karelus, Sue Maring, Chris Moser and Steven Ropel of Lewis County; and Peter Braun and John Greenwood of St. Lawrence County.
Ms. Stefanik is a former White House policy advisor who works for her family’s plywood distribution business and lives in Willsboro. She is running against Democrat and Working Families candidate Aaron G. Woolf, a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown, and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner from Glens Falls.
She was endorsed by the National Association of Women Business Owners Thursday.
“Elise has a unique blend of public and private sector experience that we believe will make her a strong advocate for small business owners in the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Darla Beggs, national board chairwoman of the organization.
Ms. Stefanik will make three campaign stops in Plattsburgh Friday, including a tour of Schluter Systems, 194 Pleasant Ridge; and visits to Pine Harbour Assisted Living Facility, 15 New Hampshire Street, and Clinton Community College, 136 Clinton Point Drive.
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When Ms. Stefanik arrives in Plattsburgh, she’ll be landing in the city a day after her opponent Mr. Woolf delivered an address in front of the Social Security office there.
On the 79th anniversary of the Social Security Act, Mr. Woolf gathered with “more than a dozen” seniors to promise to protect Social Security and its benefits for the upstate New York and north country citizens, according to his campaign.
During the event, Mr. Woolf was endorsed by Rachelle Armstrong, Plattsburgh Councilor for Ward 1.
“Upstate New York and North Country citizens spent a lifetime paying into Social Security and deserve the benefits they’ve earned for a lifetime of hard work,” Mr. Woolf said. “That is why in Congress, I would fight any efforts to privatize the program or change the retirement age. We have a retirement crisis in this country because families can no longer save as much as they used to or count on defined pension plans. That makes defending Social Security more important now than ever—both for today’s seniors and those of tomorrow.”
Mr. Woolf will be in Sackets Harbor Wednesday for a meet and greet event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sackets Harbor Brewing Company, 212 W. Main Street.