Republicans Officially Endorse Stefanik For Congress
Republican Party leaders in the 21st Congressional District have formally endorsed Elise Stefanik as their choice for Congress.
The announcement Friday caps a month-long process in which interested candidates criss-crossed the 16,500 square mile district and interviewed with each county’s Republican committee.
Party officials said Stefanik overwhelmingly won the support of the 21st District Republican County Committees.
Ultimately, 11 of the 12 committees independently voted to endorse Stefanik.
Jefferson County abstained from endorsing any candidate.
“We appreciate the efforts put forth by all of our prospective candidates, and we are fortunate to have such individuals from which to select our next Member of Congress,” said Essex County Chairman Ron Jackson, who also serves as New York State Republican Committee Regional Vice-Chair. “In the end, I think the results speak for themselves. Elise possesses the drive, small business experience, and institutional knowledge necessary to create jobs while faithfully representing the aspirations and values of North Country residents.”
The Republican County chairs from NY-21 released the following joint statement:
“January was a busy month not only for the candidates, but for the committees, and Elise Stefanik demonstrated why she will make an outstanding Congresswoman representing Upstate New York. Elise knows the issues, understands the regulatory hurdles burdening small businesses, and she has energetically worked throughout this long and transparent process. We are not surprised by the overwhelming support she received from the committees. She’s someone Republicans, Conservatives and Independents can all rally around.”
Stefanik works for her family’s small business, Premium Plywood Products, a wholesale plywood distributor with many small business customers throughout the north country.
Previously, Stefanik served in the White House under President George W. Bush on the Domestic Policy Council and in the Chief of Staff’s Office.
Stefanik is a 2006 graduate of Harvard University.
Last month, Congressman Bill Owens announced his decision to retire at the end of 2014.
His announcement has created a flurry of interest from potential candidates.
Joe Gilbert, the former emergency services director for Saint Lawrence County, had already declared his candidacy in August, before Owens’ announcement.
Gilbert has said he will force a Republican primary if he’s not the Republican choice.
The endorsement means county committees will help circulate Stefanik’s nominating petitions.
However, other candidates are still free to circulate their own petitions to force a primary.
On Thursday, a poll was released saying Matt Doheny could easily beat Stefanik in the race for Congress among Republican voters.
Doheny unsuccessfully ran on the Republican ticket against Democrat Bill Owens in 2010 and 2012.