Stefanik defeats Doheny

Elise Stefanik defeated Matt Doheny in the Republican primary for the 21st congressional seat Tuesday.

According to unofficial tallies from the New York State Board of Elections, Stefanik received about 60 percent of the votes in the 12-county district, which includes Fulton and Hamilton counties.

Stefanik will face Democrat Aaron Woolf, of Essex County and Manhattan, in the November election.

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat who currently holds the seat, previously announced he would not seek re-election, citing a need to be with his family.

Stefanik, 29, an Essex County resident, works at her family’s company, Premium Plywood Products, and works on public policy on the state and national levels.

Doheny, 43, a Watertown resident and father of one, owns and operates North Country Capital, handling consulting work. He serves on the Board of Directors of companies such as Yellow Trucking and Kodak.

The 21st Congressional District spans more than 16,000 square miles, making it one of the largest districts east of the Mississippi River. The district comprises all or part of the following 12 counties: Fulton, Hamilton, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington and parts of Herkimer and Saratoga.

The congressional term is for two years. The position carries a salary of $174,000.

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