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Candidate Profiles

Elise M. Stefanik (R)

Age: 30

Family: Parents Kenneth and Melanie, brother Matthew

Work: Premium Plywood Products (family business); aide, Bush White House (2006-09); GOP policy committee, 2012 Presidential election; aid, VP candidate Paul Ryan (2012)

Education: Albany Academy for Girls; Harvard University (2006)

Hometown / place of birth: Willsboro / Albany

Political experience: first run for elective office

Quote: "As the only candidate in this race with small-business experience in upstate New York, I believe my background provides the experience and perspective needed to best advocate on behalf of the challenges of our struggling Main Street economy in the 21st District."

Aaron G. Woolf (D)

Age: 49

Family: wife Caroline, daughter Eloise, 2

Work: Television producer, documentary film maker, co-owner of Urban Rustic Market & Cafe, Brooklyn, providing locally sourced foods

Education: Middlebury College, B.A. 1987, University of Iowa, M.A. 1992

Hometown / place of birth: Elizabethtown / Baltimore, MD

Political experience: first run for elected office

Quote: "We have to figure out a way for young people to get on the farm, be successful and repurpose our heritage and agricultural skills for the 21st century." (3/13/2014)

Matthew J. Funiciello (GR)

Age: 46

Family: son, John, from a previous marriage

Work: owner of Rock Hill Bakery and Rock Hill Bakehouse Café in Glens Falls

Education: attended Ottawa University as a part-time student for a preparatory year after high school graduation

Hometown / place of birth: Glens Falls / Saratoga Springs

Political experience: worked on campaigns with and for Ralph Nader, served on both the state and national committees of the Green Party, first run for elected office

Quote: "I have faith that they are going to recognize that a real person is actually running who is one of them and if they really want to do something visionary ... they will vote for someone who actually cares about them. I don't know if I will pull it off, but I know I'm going to treat it with seriousness." (From Glens Falls Post Star, 4/6/2014)

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Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 31 at 4:07 pm
Thank you to Bob Gorman, Zookeeper Tyler, and the Watertown Zoo for introducing our Woolf pup to yours!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 31 at 12:06 pm
Voter contact launch in Watertown today was a hit! Thanks to all for coming out!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 31 at 12:03 pm
Vote for Woolf Woolf!



Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 31 at 11:05 am
A trip to Watertown isn't complete without breakfast at The Crystal!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 8:28 pm
Honored to spend an evening in Ogdensburg with my family, Addie Russel, Sam Burns, and St. Lawrence County supporters! Many thanks to the Freight House for hosting us and to all those who came out!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 6:17 pm
Impressed by my trip to Curran Renewable Energy today in Massena. Was exciting to visit a #NY21 company that balances the increasing demand for sustainable, homegrown renewable energy sources, with the need to protect our forests.


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 2:18 pm
Higher education is the key to building a stronger economy and making sure Upstate New York workers can compete in the years ahead.

But America's student loan situation is serious. We need to make sure students aren't kept from participating in the economy or even finishing school because of the high cost of student loans. Watch the video and share with your friends, and on November 4 give me your vote. Let's do this together!


Student loans

Aaron Woolf talks about the $1.2 trillion student loan burden and the path towards making college more affordable.
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 2:17 pm
I learned a lot growing up in the North Country, everything from milling wood to changing a tire to shooting a gun.

And I owe a lot of that to my neighbors and other members of the community. People stick together up here. It's how we get things done in rural America. Watch the video, and on November 4 I need your vote. Thanks for watching!


Growing up in the North Country

Aaron Woolf talks about his life in the North, the skills he gained and the values he learned. Watch the video for the whole story
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 2:15 pm
Social Security is a promise, to seniors as well as those paying into it today. And it’s on us to make sure we strengthen and preserve the program.

Elise Stefanik wants to cut benefits and raise the retirement age, while refusing to give specifics on her plan. We can do better, and we don’t need Elise Stefanik’s cuts. We need to make smart decisions that protect the program for seniors and future retirees. Help us get the word out - and on November 4, give me your vote. Let's do this together.


Protecting Social Security

It's time to step up and protect Social Security, for today's seniors as well as future retirees paying into the system today. Aaron Woolf is committed to pr...
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 2:14 pm
Middle class families have had had it rough these past few years. But Elise Stefanik doesn’t get it. She spent her time in Washington pitching tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, while refusing today to explicitly support legislation that would raise the minimum wage.

It just doesn’t make sense, and Upstate New York deserves better. Help us spread the word by sharing with your friends. On November 4, I need your vote. Stand with us!


Fighting for the Middle Class

Aaron Woolf is standing up and fighting for the middle class. Watch the video today for more!
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 2:13 pm
I’m focused on providing jobs, building our economy and rethinking the way we do business here in rural America. It’s about making sure the next generation can find a good paying job here in Upstate New York when they’re adults. THAT’S how we ensure our communities continue to thrive in the years ahead.

Watch the video for the whole story, and be sure to share with your friends! And on November 4, I need your vote. Stand with us!


Growing the Rural Economy

I'm focused on providing jobs, building our economy and rethinking the way we do business here in rural America. It’s about making sure the next generation c...
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 12:02 pm
Thanks to the staff at Clinton Community College for showing me around your beautiful campus, and briefing me on your fantastic programs. It was a treat to tour the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology lab, and see in person how our #NY21 students are being trained to be a part of the forward-thinking, 21st Century workforce!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 11:56 am
Toured SUNY Plattsburgh this morning and had the chance to exchange ideas on how to make higher education more accessible and affordable for our #NY21 students


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 11:15 am
Excited to receive the endorsement of the Albany Times Union.


Editorial: Our choices for Congress
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Mr. Gibson has emerged as one of the most independent House Republicans, a thoughtful and mostly moderate voice in a party tormented by its extreme right flank. A member of a bipartisan "No Labels" group, he has shown a willingness to reach beyond polarized rhetoric in critical areas like climate ch…
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 30 at 9:38 am
Last year, I was proud to pitch in with a number of great North Country organizations - like the Adirondack North Country Association and the Adirondack Film Society - to help save ten, small town movie theaters in our area that were threatened with closure.

Watch this clip here about the Go Digital Go Dark campaign! And please - on November 4, I humbly ask for your vote. We have lots to do!


Go Digital or Go Dark: Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf pitched in with the "Go Digital Go Dark!" campaign aimed at saving ten small town movie theaters in the North Country. Watch the video for more!
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 8:00 pm
My fondest memories of growing up in the North Country are all outdoors. Hiking, getting out in the woods, taking in the incredible beauty that's all around us. It's one of the best parts about growing up in our region and those memories have stuck with me all through my life.

This one will bring you back. Have a look, and don't forget - on November 4, I'm asking for your vote! Let's make it happen.


Memories of the North Country

Aaron Woolf discusses his memories of growing up in the North Country. Watch it today!
Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 7:27 pm
Shared a meal with Franklin County friends and supporters tonight at Hosler's Family Restaurant in Malone. Thank you all for your tremendous efforts in support of my campaign!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 7:12 pm
Was a treat to stop by the Malone Federation of Teachers Community Dinner tonight and visit with our #NY21 students' guides and role models. Thank you for all of your work bettering our communities.


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 6:11 pm
Was an honor to speak at the 1199 SEIU delegates meeting this evening in Malone and thank them in person for all of their support in this #ny21 race. It is the boots on the ground, knocking on doors and calling voters that will make the difference next week.


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 4:37 pm
Had a great visit at Bombardier today. It was exciting to tour the Plattsburgh plant where the production and assembly of passenger cars and locomotives takes place before they're shipped around the country.


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 4:31 pm
Many thanks to Jay and Jeff Ward for the awesome tour of Ward Lumber's Manufacturing Division in Jay this morning, for teaching me about your #NY21 business, and introducing me to your hardworking and dedicated employees.


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 10:00 am
Thanks so much to Bruce and Carolyn at Ernie's Market in Westport. Great breakfast sandwich and great shop!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 29 at 8:45 am
Had a blast at the King Corn screening in Beekmantown last night! Thanks to all who came out, and for the great Q&A afterwards!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 28 at 8:24 pm
It was a privilege to meet with the Plattsburgh Housing Authority this afternoon, learn about the important programs they offer and services they provide our community, and tour some of their buildings--especially the Ted K Center which provides educational, social and recreational services to youth and families residing in the developments.


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 28 at 3:13 pm
Had a tasty lunch with Rep. Bill Owens & friends today at the Hungry Bear in Plattsburgh! Great food and great company!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 28 at 1:32 pm
Thank you to Rep. Owens and the dozens of supporters that came out to our press conference in Plattsburgh this afternoon. All of the support and energy is greatly appreciated by the #WoolfPack!


Aaron Woolf for Congress Oct. 28 at 8:59 am
Honored to have the opportunity to visit with and address members of our North Country business community at the North Country Chamber of Commerce this morning in Plattsburgh.


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