We are now less than a month from the primary in the race for the 21st Congressional District.
A June 24th election will determine the winner between Republicans Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny.
Thereve been plenty of surprises so far. Lets recap the race up to this point:
August 7, 2013: Ms. Stefanik visits Watertown as she launches her campaign for the seat held by Rep. William L. Owens. A quick precis of her qualifications: she graduated from Harvard, spent time as a White House policy advisor and director of debate prep for Rep. Paul Ryan during his vice presidential bid and moved home to work at her familys Plywood Distribution business. She went to high school in Albany and now lives in Willsboro.
Jan. 14: Rep. Owens announces he will not seek reelection, speculation about who may now enter the race for an open seat immediately begins. Three of the leading names are Darrel Aubertine, a former state Senator from Cape Vincent, former Republican Assemblywoman Dierdre K. Scozzafava and M. Scott Murphy, a venture capitalist and former Congressman whose home now falls within the district.
Jan. 30: James K. Waller, a former Marine from Lake Pleasant, announces he is running for New Yorks 21st Congressional District as a Republican.
Feb. 4: Mr. Murphy announces he will not run.
Feb. 7: 11 of the 12 Republican Committees in the 21st Congressional District endorse Ms. Stefanik over fellow Republican candidates Joseph M. Gilbert, DeKalb Junction, and Michael F. Ring, Adams Center. Only Jefferson County declines to give an endorsement.
Feb. 12: Chairpersons of the Democratic committees of the 12 counties in New Yorks 21st Congressional District select Aaron G. Woolf, an experienced documentary filmmaker but political unknown, as their partys candidate. Mr. Woolf promoptly goes underground, turning away several requests for interviews from local media. Ms. Scozzafava bows out of the race.
Feb. 16: Matthew J. Funiciello, a Green Party candidate from Glens Falls, begins building his campaign.
Feb. 20: Following weeks of speculation Will he? Wont he? and several furtive appearances in downtown Watertown, Mr. Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, announces that he is entering the race. Mr. Doheny ran against Rep. Owens in 2010 and 2012 and lost narrowly to him both times.
Mr. Doheny went to Alexandria Bay High School, Allegheny College and Cornell University Law School. He worked as a lawyer in Syracuse and then worked at Deutsche Bank and Fintech Advisory in New York City before founding North Country Capital LLC in Watertown. He lives in Watertown with his wife Mary and 11-month old son Declan. He is endorsed by the state Independence Party.
Feb. 26: Mr. Aubertine rules out a run for the seat.
March 17: Mr. Waller drops out of the race, endorses Mr. Doheny.
April 11: Ms. Stefanik is endorsed by the New York state Conservative Party.
April 23: Mr. Gilbert, the former director of Emergency Management in St. Lawrence County and Tea Party favorite, indicates he is still in the race despite being spurned by the Republican Committees in the district. He says he may still submit independent nominating petitions.
April 30: The state Board of Elections rejects Mr. Burkes petitions and the petitions of Green Party candidate Donald L. Hassig.
May 8: State Supreme Court Justice Kimberly A. OConnor denies Mr. Burkes request to overturn the decision by the state Board of Elections. Mr. Burke is officially out of the race.
May 24: The tension between the two Republican candidates heightens as reports of stalking incidents and political intrigue emerge ahead of their first debate.
May 27: Mr. Doheny and Ms. Stefanik agree on most principles but spar over residency issues in a debate at Time Warner Cable News in Albany.
In the coming weeks, two more debates are planned and candidates are working to get out the vote. With a low turnout expected, every ballot counts. If the history of this race is any indication, there are more surprises to come.