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2nd Democrat announces plans to challenge Stefanik

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:24 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has her second Democratic challenger for the New York 21st District Congressional seat.

Matt Putorti Monday announced his candidacy in a video on Facebook. The attorney touted his roots in Whitehall, N.Y. and said that Stefanik’s support of the former President’s false election claims a threat to North Country towns like his. He also highlighted his identity as a gay man, saying it “gives a different perspective in leadership that is important.”

Stefanik’s campaign responded by calling Putorti a “far-left socialist Democrat candidate.”

Putorti is the second Democrat to challenge the Republican Congresswoman. Ezra Watson of Wilton filed his candidacy in March.

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