With Elise M. Stefanik functionally removing Matthew A. Doheny from the field of play in November’s 21st Congressional District election, the campaign narrows to Ms. Stefanik to the right and two candidates who will now gain the attention of those to the left of center.
As Democratic candidate Aaron G. Wolf puts his campaign into a higher gear, he is being answered by the Green Party candidate, Matthew J. Funiciello.
The Glens Falls baker and bakery owner will head to Lake Placid on Friday night for a meet and greet at the Green Goddess Natural Market. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
The venue should be no surprise, perhaps, as a natural market seems a, well, natural for a Green Party candidate. In keeping with the theme, Mr. Funiciello announced late last month that he would do a bicycle tour of the sprawling — and hilly — district later in the summer or fall.
“I think that would be a good way to meet people,” Mr. Funiciello told the Glens Falls Post Star.
With Ms. Stefanik’s convincing victory last night, the probability of a split-ticket on the right nearly disappeared, since she now has the Republican and Conservative party lines in the general election. The question now is, will Mr. Funiciello’s candidacy pose a split-ticket problem for Democratic Party candidate Aaron G. Woolf?
With a united Republican-Conservative front, Mr. Woolf probably has very little margin for error if he wants to continue the Democratic run in the 21st CD, a seat now held by retiring Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Any votes siphoned off by Mr. Funiciello will hurt the Democrat’s chances.
And Mr. Funiciello has gotten positive write-ups in a number newspapers in the district, including the Times, as his campaign has shown focus.