|Former candidate for|
|U.S. House, New York, District 21|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
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.
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.
—Aaron Woolf, Campaign website (archive)
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.
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|
|Source: New York State Board of Elections|
Woolf received the following endorsements:
|Aaron Woolf (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$0.00||$417,184.96||$(13,779.89)||$403,405.07|
Woolf and his wife, Carolyn, have a daughter named Eloise. Carolyn is a clinical psychologist.
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- syracuse.com, "Democrats choose filmmaker Aaron Woolf to run for Congress in North Country," February 12, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
- Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
- Aaron Woolf for Congress, "Meet Aaron," accessed May 20, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Politico, "2014 New York House Election Results," accessed November 8, 2014
- DCCC, "DCCC Chairman Israel Announces Two Additions to Red to Blue List," accessed April 25, 2014
- North Country Public Radio, "Owens endorses and campaigns with Aaron Woolf in NY21 race," accessed May 19, 2014
- Watertown Daily Times, "Woolf receives endorsement from Rep. Tonko in NY21 race," accessed May 19, 2014
- Roll Call, "Democrats Endorse Documentary Filmmaker for Owens’ Seat," accessed May 19, 2014
- YouTube, "Storming out," accessed September 12, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Aaron Wolf Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Aaron Wolf April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
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