Republican-backed 21st Congressional District nominee Elise Stefanik has named members of her campaign team, but none live close to St. Lawrence County.
Stefanik announced that Matt Masterson, originally from Troy, has been hired as her campaign manager and Anthony Pileggi, of Herkimer, has assumed the role of deputy campaign manager and director of operations.
The 21st District includes parts of St. Lawrence County including Ogdensburg and the area from Lake Champlain down to Saratoga County across to Watertown and as far as Lake Ontario.
“Matt brings an impressive resume of political experience. He knows Upstate New York well having worked on many local races, and understands the issues that matter most to us. He will be a great addition as our campaign continues gaining support and momentum,” Stefanik said.
Masterson previously served as Political Director at the New York Republican State Committee, has experience running several New York campaigns within the 21st district and has 16 years of national political and public relations campaign experience, according to a press release.
“Elise is exactly the type of person Upstate New York can be proud of in Congress. She will be a strong advocate for our communities, families, small businesses and veterans, and I’m excited to join her campaign to bring new ideas and new leadership to Congress,” Masterson said.
Pileggi has worked in public service in both campaign and official capacities.
He worked as the Grassroots Director for New York Congressman Richard Hanna's successful 2012 re-election campaign and recently ran daily operations for Congressman Hanna's Binghamton District Office prior to joining the Stefanik campaign.
Two-time Congressional Candidate Matt Doheny of Watertown, along with retired U.S. Army major Joseph Gilbert, a tea party leader from St. Lawrence County, and political consultant Jamie Waller of Hamilton County, have all expressed interest in seeking the Republican nomination.
Aaron Woolf is the only Democratic candidate to emerge as he seeks the seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Woolf is a filmmaker and also operates a business in Brooklyn.
The St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed Woolf at a meeting in Potsdam Tuesday evening.