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Aaron Woolf

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Aaron Woolf
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 21
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionFilm producer
Campaign website
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Aaron Woolf was a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of New York.[1][2] Aaron Woolf lost the general election on November 4, 2014. Woolf ran unopposed for both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[3]


Woolf is a film producer and has directed documentaries including King Corn, Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling and Beyond the Motor City. Prior to his film career, Woolf worked as a commercial fisherman, an electrician and a camera tech.[4]


Campaign themes


The following excerpts from Woolf's website explain his position on key topics. See Woolf's campaign website for more detailed explanations and for his position on other issues.

  • Economy and Jobs: "Great strides have been made on the road to recovery since the economic recession, but too many New York counties are still saddled with high unemployment. Aaron’s top priority as Congressman will be to support opportunities for job growth across the district."
  • Education: "Our kids deserve the very best in education. From Pre-K through high school, it’s incumbent upon us to ensure they’re well prepared for what comes next. In our district, that means fighting to see that rural schools are given the resources they need to thrive and serve kids in the area."
  • Seniors: "Social Security and Medicare are part of a sacred trust between citizens and their government. Working men and women paid into the system all their lives, and so they deserve to know the program will be there for them in full when they retire."
  • Foreign policy and Fort Drum: "America has long been a leader on the world stage, standing for democracy and stability. Our allies depend on us to be there for them in times of need.
    Aaron believes America must continue to strengthen those partnerships – including our longstanding commitment to Israel – and work with allies around the world to defeat terrorist elements around the globe. In that same way we must prevent bad actors like Iran from arming themselves with nuclear weapons, and contain others like North Korea to keep those weapons out of the hands of terrorists."
  • Healthcare: "The Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed.
    As an example, we must eliminate the medical device excise tax. In a field where America leads the world, we should not be punishing success and innovation."


—Aaron Woolf, Campaign website (archive)



See also: New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

The 21st Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Because incumbent Bill Owens (D) did not run for re-election, many predicted a close race between Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate Elise Stefanik and Democratic and Working Families Party candidate Aaron Woolf. Contrary to expectations, Stefanik defeated Woolf by a wide margin of victory, switching the partisan control of the seat from Democratic to Republican.[6]

Matt Funiciello also ran against Stefanik and Woolf on the Green ticket. Neither Woolf nor Funiciello faced competition in the primary election on June 24, 2014, while Stefanik battled with Matt Doheny for the Republican nomination. Although Doheny won the Independence Party's nomination, he was later nominated for a state Supreme Court judgeship, which removed him from the ballot and allowed the Independence Party to endorse Stefanik.

New York's 21st was considered a battleground district in 2014. Although Democratic President Barack Obama won the district by a fairly safe 6.1 percent margin of victory in 2012, Owens won by a mere 1.9 percent margin of victory that same year. In addition, with New York's 21st being an open seat in 2014, none of the candidates possessed the advantages that often come with incumbency, such as increased campaign finances and name recognition.

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElise Stefanik 53% 96,226
     Democratic Aaron Woolf 32.5% 59,063
     Green Matt Funiciello 10.6% 19,238
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.9% 7,031
Total Votes 181,558
Source: New York State Board of Elections

Race background

Woolf has received support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).[7]


Woolf received the following endorsements:


Woolf released a campaign ad in September 2014 attacking his Republican opponent, Elise Stefanik, calling her a "Washington-insider."[11]

Woolf 2014 campaign ad attacking Elise Stefanik

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Woolf's reports.[12]

Aaron Woolf (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$0.00$417,184.96$(13,779.89)$403,405.07
Running totals


Woolf and his wife, Carolyn, have a daughter named Eloise. Carolyn is a clinical psychologist.[4]

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