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February 13, 2014

Democrats select congressional candidate

LONG LAKE — Democrats have chosen a political unknown as they try to hang on to the 21st Congressional District seat.

Aaron Woolf, a small-business owner and filmmaker from Elizabethtown, was selected Wednesday by the Democratic Party chairs of the 12 counties in the district.

Woolf, 49, will run for the seat that is now held by Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, who announced earlier this year he will not seek re-election.

Republicans have chosen Elise Stefanik, 29, of Willsboro as their candidate.

‘PROBLEM-SOLVER’

Democratic Party spokeswoman Sheila Comar of Washington County said the party had several qualified people show interest in running.

“We appreciate the consideration given to this race by so many talented people,” Comar said in a statement.

“We unanimously agree that Aaron Woolf is the best candidate to continue Representative Bill Owens’ work to protect our seniors and the Medicare guarantee, middle-class families, and reflect the independent spirit that makes the North Country so strong.”

Comar went on to say, “Woolf is a problem-solver who will take a common-sense approach and is committed to working together to find solutions that create more jobs and spur New York’s economy.”

ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER

Woolf is the producer/director of the documentary film “King Corn” and the filmmaker behind the acclaimed PBS specials “Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City;” “Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling,” and “Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball and the United States.”

Other works of his have appeared on the Sundance and Discovery channels and on numerous networks abroad.

He was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award in 2008 for “King Corn.”

Woolf was traveling following Wednesday’s meeting of Democratic Party chairs in Long Lake, and could not be reached.

HOME IN E’TOWN

Woolf is a Middlebury College graduate with a master’s in film from the University of Iowa.

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