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Matt Funiciello

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Matt Funiciello
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 21
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Matt Funiciello was a 2014 Green Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of New York.[1] Matt Funiciello lost the general election on November 4, 2014. Funiciello ran unopposed for the Green Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2]


Campaign themes


Funiciello listed the following issues on his campaign website:[3]

  • Single Payer Health Care: Medicare for all, providing quality health care for all Americans. Everybody in, nobody out. Save taxpayer money and build a healthier country.
  • $15 Minimum Wage: Real living wages for all.
  • End Corporate Welfare: Make the 1% pay their fair share! No more taxpayer handouts to corporations like GE who don’t pay their taxes and eliminate jobs. Support locally owned businesses treating workers well instead.
  • Real Farm Policy: Support local and organic farming. Cut subsidies to big agribusiness. Rebuild a publicly-owned regional infrastructure to support local farming.
  • Climate Sanity: Ban fracking nationally. End subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear. Build a clean, green future with public jobs to create a 100% renewable, clean energy future. Cut carbon emissions 80% by 2030.
  • Green New Deal: Create good public jobs at living wages in jobs that need doing across the country.
  • End the Military-Industrial-Spying State: Protect privacy rights and prevent government spying on data or metadata without a warrant. Slash the military budget, bring the troops home.


—Matt Funiciello, 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.[5]

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


Funiciello received the following endorsements in his 2014 bid for U.S. Congress:

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