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Stefanik vies for NY's 21st District Congressional seat

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There's less than a month until Election Day and in northern New York there's a congressional seat up for grabs.

Elise Stefanik is running for Congress in New York's 21st District.

"We've gotten so much support from this side of the district to the western side of the district, and I think that our message of new ideas and a new generation of leadership is resonating," said Stefanik.

Stefanik is 30. She was born in Albany and grew up in a family that owns a plywood distribution company.

"We have over 1,000 small business customers in upstate New York, so we feel firsthand the economic challenges that face this region of New York State," said Stefanik.

Stefanik worked as an aide in the Bush administration and in the office of the White House chief of staff. She announced her candidacy for Congress in August 2013 challenging incumbent Bill Owens. Owens dropped out of the race this past January leaving the congressional seat open. Stefanik defeated Matt Doheny in the Republican Primary in June and now faces Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello this November.

"What makes me different from my opponents in this race is I'm talking about ways we can cut taxes and reform the tax code to create jobs in this district. I'm talking about how we can get rid of the regulations and the red tape that are hurting our small businesses," said Stefanik.

She says she's also focused on protecting Second Amendment rights, replacing Obamacare and preserving Medicare and Social Security. Some political analysts say it's unusual both Stefanik and her challenger Woolf come from outside of the district. Stefanik moved to Willsboro in Essex County a year and a half ago. But Stefanik says she's visited the entire region during her campaign, discovering the issues northern New Yorkers are facing.

"Hear firsthand what the constituents in this district care about and overwhelmingly they talk about how can we create jobs and economic opportunity for all people in this district," said Stefanik.

Stefanik is running on three lines in the general election-- Republican, Conservative, and Independence-- and has gotten a lot of financial support from conservative PACs including Karl Rove's. A recent poll shows Stefanik ahead of Woolf by 13 points.

"There's lots on the agenda. I will be crisscrossing the district like I have this past year, I've out-worked all of my opponents in this race. I'm going to continue visiting with small businesses, going to community events, visiting with local farmers," said Stefanik.

Political analysts say although Stefanik is in the lead now, the three congressional debates could change the dynamics of this race.

The first TV debate between the 21st congressional candidates is taking place Wednesday in Albany broadcasting only on Time Warner Cable.

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