Elise Stefanik

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Elise Stefanik
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 21
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionMarketing and management for Premium Plywood Products, Inc.
Websites
Campaign website
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Elise Stefanik is a 2014 Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of New York.[1][2] Stefanik received the Republican and Conservative Party nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[3] In September 2014, Matt Doheny, who had run uncontested for the Independence Party nomination in the primary, was nominated for a judgeship in the 2nd Judicial District of the New York Supreme Court. This removed him from the U.S. Congressional ballot and allowed the Independence Party to endorse Stefanik.[4][5]

In the past, Stefanik was an aide to former Pres. George Bush and was in charge of debate prep for Paul Ryan.[6] She currently manages sales and marketing for her family’s business, Premium Plywood Products.[7]

Biography

Career

Stefanik has worked in the following positions:[8]

  • Sales, marketing and management for Premium Plywood Products, Inc.
  • Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan
  • Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative
  • Policy Director for Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign
  • Served on President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Chief of Staff’s office

Education

  • Graduated with Honors from Harvard University
    • Received the Women’s Leadership Award[8]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Stefanik lists the following themes on her website. See her campaign website for more detailed descriptions of her positions.

  • Economy: "Create jobs and economic opportunities for small businesses to grow in Upstate New York."
  • Regulatory & Tax Reform: "Reduce the out-of-control tax and regulatory burdens facing small businesses by reforming the tax code to be flatter and fairer."
  • Healthcare: "Repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense solutions to lower health care costs and improve quality and access."
  • Fiscal Responsibility: "Fight for fiscal responsibility by balancing the budget and protecting and preserving entitlements."
  • Agriculture: "Support Upstate farmers – the backbone of our North Country communities."
  • Veterans & Military Families: "Protect Fort Drum and ensure veterans and military families receive the care and services they’ve earned."
  • Constitution: "Defend constitutional liberties, protect the 2nd Amendment."
  • Immigration: "A nation of immigrants, a nation of laws."
  • Energy: "Affordable energy means ‘all of the above’."
  • Environment: "Preserving our greatest asset for future generations."
  • Education: "Local and accountable."

[9]

—Elise Stefanik, Campaign website (archive)

2014 Independence Party filing

In addition to the Republican and Conservative parties, Stefanik also tried to file with the Independence Party. However, the New York Board of Elections declared her petition to be invalid. The investigation arose after Stefanik accused her opponent in the Republican primary, Matt Doheny, of producing fraudulent signatures. Doheny retaliated by accusing Stefanik of the same offense, and the New York Board of Elections declared both Stefanik's Independence petition and Doheny's Conservative petition invalid.[10]

Elections

2014

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

The 21st Congressional District of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bill Owens (D) announced that he would not run for re-election, and the result has been a toss up race between Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate Elise Stefanik and Democratic and Working Families Party candidate Aaron Woolf. Matt Funiciello will also be running 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 is 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 this being an open seat, none of the candidates possess the advantages that often come with incumbency, such as increased campaign finances and name recognition.

U.S. House, New York District 21 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElise Stefanik 60.8% 16,489
Matt Doheny 39.2% 10,620
Total Votes 27,109
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

Race background

Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced in January 2014 that he would not seek re-election.[11]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Stefanik to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[12][13]

Youngest congresswoman

If elected in November, Stefanik would be the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[14] The record for youngest congresswoman thus far has been held by Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY). Holtzman was elected in 1972 at the age of 31.[15]

Endorsements

Stefanik has received the following endorsements:

  • The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund[16]
  • Several community and business leaders, listed on her website[17]
  • New York Assemblyman Dan Stec[18]
  • Rep. Paul Ryan[19]
  • The Essex County Board of Supervisors (14 out of 18 supervisors)[20]
  • The Franklin County Conservative Party[21]
  • Eleven of the 12 Republican county chairs in New York's 21st District[22]
  • The Support, Honor, Elect (SHE) PAC[23]
  • Mitt Romney[24]
  • RightNOW Women PAC[25]
  • Matt Doheny, Stefanik's rival in the GOP primary[26]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stefanik's reports.[27]

Elise Stefanik (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$0.00$180,569.22$(15,712.59)$164,856.63
Year-End[29]January 31, 2014$164,856.63$75,035.52$(37,764.40)$202,127.75
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$202,127.75$268,760.03$(120,062.43)$350,825.35
Running totals
$524,364.77$(173,539.42)

Media


Stefanik 2014 campaign ad

Personal

Stefanik lives in Willsboro, New York.[8]

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See also

External links

References

  1. Roll Call, "Ex-Bush Aide Elise Stefanik Will Challenge Bill Owens #NY21," accessed August 6, 2013
  2. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 17, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  4. State of Politics, "Stefanik Lands Indy Line," accessed September 24, 2014
  5. WWNY TV, "Independence Party Backs Stefanik, Doheny Nominated For Judgeship," accessed September 24, 2014
  6. ‘’Campaign Site’’ “Elise’s Story,” accessed August 6, 2013
  7. ‘’Post Star’’ “Potential challengers to Owens exploring run,” accessed August 6, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Elise Stefanik for Congress, "About Elise," accessed May 20, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Watertown Daily Times, "Stefanik challenges Republican opponent Doheny’s ballot petitions," accessed May 19, 2014
  11. "Politico," "New York Democrat Bill Owens to retire from House," January 14, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  13. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  14. Politico, "George W. Bush insider vies to become youngest congresswoman," accessed September 10, 2014
  15. The Huffington Post, "Elise Stefanik May Become Congress' Youngest Woman Ever," accessed September 10, 2014
  16. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Release: Susan B. Anthony List Endorses Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District," accessed May 26, 2014
  17. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Stefanik Campaign Announces Community and Business Leader Endorsements," accessed May 26, 2014
  18. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Assemblyman Dan Stec endorses Elise Stefanik for NY-21," accessed May 26, 2014
  19. Time Warner Cable News, "Former V.P. candidate Paul Ryan to visit Watertown for Elise Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  20. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, "Essex County supervisors favor Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  21. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Franklin County Conservative Party endorses Elise Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  22. Elise Stefanik for Congress, "Republicans Officially Endorse Stefanik For Congress," accessed May 26, 2014
  23. Post Star, "SHE PAC endorses Stefanik," accessed May 26, 2014
  24. Syracuse, "Mitt Romney endorses Elise Stefanik for Congress in GOP primary," accessed May 27, 2014
  25. RightNOW Women PAC, "Elise Stefanik, NY-21," accessed June 3, 2014
  26. Syracuse Media Group, "Matt Doheny endorses rival Elise Stefanik for Congress in NY-21," accessed July 28, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik October Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik Year-End," accessed April 28, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Elise Stefanik April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014