Saranac Lake woman will join pool of candidates looking to unseat North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 5:23 pm

A Saranac Lake woman and economic developer will join the race for the New York 21st Congressional District.

In a recent press release, Emily Martz announced she would run and is now the fourth challenger to announce intent to vie for the seat held by Republican Elise Stefanik.

Patrick Nelson of Stillwater and Katie Wilson of Keene have also announced they will run. Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls has said he will make a third try at the seat.

"I’m running for Congress because I have a long career in economic development, which means I know how to help businesses and communities get the resources they need to create family sustaining jobs. The North Country is a wonderful place to live. Like most of us, I was raised to be compassionate and to work hard, to earn what I need and to help others along the way. So, I will take my economic development expertise to Washington to help our region create good paying jobs, to create sustainable development that works with our environment instead of against it, and to make sure everyone has access to affordable quality healthcare," Martz said in a prepared statement. “Our current representative has forgotten about us. We gave her a chance, but she’s clearly focused large corporations and millionaires. She voted to reduce our access to healthcare and at the same time voted for tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Though she represents a region whose economy and way of life are dependent upon our clean lakes and soil, she voted to allow mining companies to dump their waste into streams, and to make it easier to burn the fuels that create acid rain.

“I’m running for congress because I have the economic development skills we need to set this region on a better path. A path to create family sustaining jobs that can keep our kids here, to protect our water and soil, and to make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality healthcare.”

After a career in the financial services industry and as a college professor at the University of Delaware and Paul Smith’s College, she went to work for the Adirondack North Country Association, an economic development organization.