MASSENA -- GOP congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik of Willsboro has received the endorsement of Massena Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray.
“After meeting and speaking with Elise, I am confident that she is the best candidate to represent our District in Congress to fight for jobs and economic opportunity,” the announcement from Stefanik’s campaign office quoted Gray as saying. “She has shown dedication to the 21st District since she got into the race when it was toughest against a third term incumbent.”
By that, Gray meant that Stefanik got into the race before the incumbent, Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens, announced he was not seeking the seat again.
That is in contrast to Watertown businessman Matt Doheny, who only got into the contest after Owens’ announcement.
Gray said he was tired of the contentiousness in Congress and said he believed Stefanik would not contribute to it.
“I am very discouraged with the negative tone in Washington, D.C., and I don’t want my representative to contribute to that rancor. Elise has run a positive campaign focused on issues she hears on the campaign trail. I am confident that she will be part of a new mentality we must have if our nation is to face the challenges ahead. As a young, intelligent female she can help expand the Republican Party and bring new, fresh ideas to Congress,” Gray said.
“I am proud to earn Joe’s endorsement,” Stefanik said. “As town supervisor of Massena, he has an intimate understanding of the kinds of issues facing our North Country communities. I look forward to working with Joe, as well as many other leaders in the 21st District, to help solve the toughest issues facing the hardworking families, small businesses, family farms and military veterans in the district.”
Doheny, who has run as the Republican candidate against Owens twice and lost, is in an increasingly heated campaign with Stefanik to gain the Republican nomination in the 21st District primary on June 24.
The winner will face Democrat Aaron Woolf of Elizabethtown and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello in November's election.
Regardless of the outcome of the GOP primary, both Stefanik and Doheny will be on the November ballot. Stefanik has won the endorsement of the Conservative Party and Doheny has the Independence Party endorsement, and their names will appear on those respective ballot lines.