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Stefanik addresses Conservative Party; Democrats to hold conference call Wednesday


Elise M. Stefanik continued her mission to unite Republican, Conservative and independent voters in the 21st Congressional District with an appearance Monday at the Conservative Party of New York’s political action conference in Albany, where she was introduced by the party’s 2009 and 2010 nominee, Douglas L. Hoffman.

“She delivered a very good speech. ... She got her message across very clearly,” party Chairman Michael R. Long said.

Mr. Long said he felt political conservatives have a good chance of regaining the seat, which has been held by William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, since 2009.

Mr. Owens announced two weeks ago that he would not seek re-election.

“It’s a district that can be won. And now it’s an open seat, so it’s going to possibly be two fresh faces,” Mr. Long said.

Mr. Long, who said he has a good relationship with Matthew A. Doheny, the Conservative Party’s nominee in 2012, told the Times that Mr. Doheny said he is considering another run, but has yet to decide.

Jefferson County Republican Committee Chairman Donald G.M. Coon III also said he has not heard from Mr. Doheny, who was expected to make a decision about running over the weekend.

“Radio silence,” Mr. Coon described it.

Mr. Long said he also has not heard from Michael F. Ring, Adams Center, or Joseph M. Gilbert, DeKalb Junction, the other two candidates who also have declared they are running on the Republican ticket.

Mr. Long said that the Conservative Party is not ready to endorse a candidate but that “no one else has said they’re going to run.”

Meanwhile, Washington County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Sheila A. Comar said the district’s Democratic chairpersons will hold a phone conference Wednesday afternoon to go over information they have received from about “half a dozen” interested parties.

From that meeting, the chairpersons are expected to iron out a process for submitting resumes and letters of intent so the party can endorse a candidate and begin circulating petitions March 4.

Darrel J. Aubertine, former state senator and agriculture commissioner, said he has not submitted his information to the party.

“I haven’t made any hard decision as to whether to throw my hat in the ring or not,” Mr. Aubertine said. “I will be making a decision by the end of the week.”

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