Congress candidates bolster campaigns

New York 21st congressional candidates are strengthening their campaign staff and making TV ad buys with a little over two months left to go before the general election on Nov. 4.

Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf announced his first TV advertisement of the election this week, titled “Walk Across the Aisle.” The advertisement sums up Woolf’s plan to be a bipartisan congressman if elected, according to his campaign.

The advertisement’s narrator says Woolf has walked “hundreds of miles” while running for Congress. He will “fight for farmers and small business people looking for a little economic fairness,” and for women “who think equal work should mean equal pay” and “veterans who wait months just to see a doctor.” Woolf, of Elizabethtown and Manhattan, is a documentary filmmaker.

The advertisement will be broadcast in the district’s major media markets, according to the campaigns new Communication Director Yianni Varonis. He said it would be a “substantial ad buy,” but would not put a dollar figure on the amount.

Varonis was hired this week, the most recent staff member added to the Woolf campaign. He previously worked as the Northern Ohio press secretary for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

“I’m excited to work for a candidate from the district who cares about the district and would be a great congressman from the district,” Varonis said of his new boss.

Republican candidate Elise Stefanik announced three new field staffers this week: Patrick Derocher, Jonathan Carman and Luke Mahoney.

Derocher has experience working for New York Congressman Chris Gibson during his reelection campaign. Carman, a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate, previously worked for Matt Doheny’s 2012 Congressional campaign and Mahoney was formerly a political staffer for campaigns in Virginia.

Stefanik, of Willsboro and the part-owner of an apartment in Washington, D.C., currently works in sales and marketing for her family’s plywood business. She previously held a string of political staffer positions, including working for President George W. Bush on his domestic policy staff and director of debate preparation for Rep. Paul Ryan. The candidate has also opened campaign offices in Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Canton, Watertown and Willsboro.

Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello, of Glens Falls, has plans to campaign with former presidential candidate and activist Ralph Nader, who has endorsed him. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner, said the pair plan to hold an event in Glens Falls and possibly Albany.

Doheny has the Independence Party line, but announced recently he no longer plans to run for Congress after losing the Republican primary.