The New York state Builders Association endorsed Republican congressional candidate Elise M. Stefanik during a visit to Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa.
Ms. Stefanik, a Harvard graduate who worked in the George W. Bush White House and on Republican campaigns before taking a job at her family’s business, Premium Plywood Products, is running for the 21st Congressional District seat being vacated this year by U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
She is locked in a bitter primary battle with her Republican opponent Matthew A. Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown who has run against Mr. Owens twice before.
On Wednesday, Ms. Stefanik received an endorsement from the New York State Automobile Association.
In a news release, Ms. Stefanik characterized the two endorsements as part of her campaign’s “strong network of support throughout the 12-county 21st Congressional District.”
“I’m grateful to receive the endorsement of the New York State Builders Association,” Ms. Stefanik said in the release. “This group has thousands of hardworking employees all across New York working to improve our communities every day. They understand the importance of encouraging economic growth and I will fight in Washington on their behalf, as well as small businesses and hardworking New Yorkers in the 21st District.”
Margie Miller, who works in sales and business development for Curtis Lumber, said the association was proud to endorse Ms. Stefanik.
“(Elise) has an in depth understanding of our businesses, has the small business background that many of our members share and is a candidate we believe will be an effective voice in Congress on behalf of all small businesses in the 21st District,” Ms. Miller.
Ms. Stefanik, who has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party, and Mr. Doheny, who has been endorsed by the state Independence Party, will face each other in a June 24 primary election.