Joe Gilbert, Elise Stefanik and Michael Ring, center, during the meeting of NY-21 county Republican committees at the Halfway House Feb. 7.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
Elizabethtown Ten of the 12 county Republican Chairs from the NY-21 Congressional District met at the Halfway House in Elizabethtown Feb. 7 to give their support to a small businesswoman from Willsboro with national political ties.
Essex County GOP Chairman Ron Jackson, former Essex Supervisor, announced that 11 of the 12 counties had given their blessing to Elise Stefanik, the current Willsboro resident who has served in the George W. Bush cabinet and the Paul Ryan Vice Presidential candidacy team.
“I’m so humbled today by the endorsement from the county chairs,” Stefanik said. “I have been hard on the campaign trail for the past year and I will be getting right back out there. We absolutely need new ideas and I look forward to being a voice for the North Country in Washington.”
Stefanik threw her hat into the race last year, then preparing for a potential election against Democratic incumbent Bill Owens of Plattsburgh. Even though Owens has announced he will not seek re-election in November, Stefanik said she will not change her strategy.
“I commend Congressman Owens for his service to the North Country,” she said. “I was running in this race when it was the toughest and there was an incumbent. I think it says a lot for my campaign and the momentum I was picking up.”
“She has never been running against a person,” Jackson said. “She is running based on what she wants to bring to Washington. It’s about her and not about who else is involved.”
Stefanik said even though she has experience in some of the most inner circles of federal politics, she does bring new ideas to the table.
“I have seen first-hand how broken Washington is,” she said. “We need people willing to roll up their sleeves and face the tough issues.”