Elections 2018

Keith Wofford
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The four-way primary among Democrats running to succeed Eric Schneiderman and Barbara Underwood as attorney general has been getting a lot of attention on this primary day. The winner will face a general election matchup with Keith Wofford, as well as Green Party hopeful Michael Sussman. Originally from Buffalo, Wofford has taken a leave of absence from a New York City law firm to run. The Republican tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that  he decided to run because there hasn’t been enough focus from state officials on the working and middle class — not to mention eliminating corruption.

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Two Republican candidates for Saratoga County District Attorney are squaring off in the September 13th primary election. With a week left in the campaign, the challenger is painting the sitting DA as neglectful.

Rensselaer County DA candidate Mary Pat Donnelly addresses the Schodack Democratic Caucus.
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Rensselaer County Democrats are hoping Mary Pat Donnelly can oust Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove in November. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the former East Greenbush town justice about her candidacy.

Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Josh Massey
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Vermont Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature and are strongly positioned to retain power in the November elections.  A new poll commissioned by Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS shows Republican Governor Phil Scott’s favorability has dropped to 45 percent, boosting the hopes of the four candidates in August’s Democratic primary.  Last week, Josh Massey took over as the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party.  He had worked for the Vermont Democratic Party before moving to Vancouver in 2015. But he returned following the Democratic losses in the 2016 election.  Massey explains why he wants to lead the state party.

Tedra Cobb
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Democrat Tedra Cobb won a five-way primary Tuesday in New York’s 21st Congressional district and will now challenge two-term incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. The barbs between the camps began on primary night. Cobb says her victory was about the people of the district and the need for change.

Tedra Cobb
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Coming off a long, five-person primary in New York’s 21st House district that ended Tuesday night, Democrat Tedra Cobb is hoping to unify the party as she gears up to face incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik.  It’s considered an uphill climb.

NY 21 candidates
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The general election in New York’s 21st Congressional district is set. Democrat Tedra Cobb easily won the five-person primary in the 12-county region Tuesday and will challenge two-term incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction from the candidates.

NY 21 candidates
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At its peak, 10 Democrats made up the primary field in New York’s 21st Congressional district.  Over time the numbers have diminished. Voters will choose between the final five Tuesday. The three women and two men who are running all say it is crucial to make a change and oust the Republican incumbent.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

With some legal troubles behind him for the moment, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now looking ahead toward the November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican DA about his bid for a second term.

Five months before Election Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking strong to win a third term, according to the latest Siena poll released this morning.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
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Republicans will be playing defense in November.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, wraps up her conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address those gathered Monday for swearings-in at Albany City Hall.
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A new year brings new leadership in many area communities. Here's a roundup of the swearing-ins in the Capital Region and beyond...

Patrick Nelson
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Last January, Patrick Nelson became the first Democrat to enter the race against newly-reelected incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district.  It’s become a crowded primary field since then, spurred by discontent over Congress’ health care deliberations.  Nelson says health care remains the key issue across the district.

Democrat Tanya Boone
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Tanya Boone is the latest Democrat to enter the race against incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district. Hailing from Granville in Washington County, Boone is a small business owner and a former union organizer.  Announcing her campaign, Boone said she is running because she’s fed up. She says it forms the basis for her platform and desire to reverse inequities.

Emily Martz
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So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st district Congressional race.  Among them is Emily Martz of Saranac Lake.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she began her career in financial services working at Prudential Insurance, Putnam Investments and The Hartford.  She then went on to teach at the University of Delaware and Paul Smith’s College.  She resigned her position at the Adirondack North Country Association this summer to run for Congress.  She says she’s running because she cares about  the people of the district.

Don Boyajian
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So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional district.  Among them is third-generation Saratoga County native Don Boyajian. The municipal and environmental attorney feels the region has gotten the “short end of the stick” for far too long.

Ronald Kim
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The number of Democrats challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district increased this week when Ronald Kim, a Queensbury and Saratoga Springs attorney, entered the race.  Kim, a former elected official and mayoral candidate in Saratoga Springs, says he is running because he feels the incumbent’s continued refusal to meet with constituents on health care issues is disqualifying.

Jon Svitavsky
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Independent Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won his last re-election with 71 percent of the vote against five opponents.  Yet that is not intimidating Democrat Jon Svitavsky, who has announced that he is challenging the state’s junior senator and former presidential candidate in 2018.  He says he’s running because he believes  Sanders is extremely damaging to Democrats.