'A lot of' NY21 Dems looking at 2018

'A lot of' NY21 Dems looking at 2018

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Democrats in the 21st Congressional District are starting to evaluate challenging U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in 2018, said Warren County Democratic Chairwoman Lynne Boecher.

“A lot of them are talking about it,” she said in a telephone interview on Friday.

Mike Derrick, the Democratic candidate in 2016, and Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate in 2014, are among those considering the race, she said.

“They both are still looking at their options,” she said.

Boecher said Patrick Nelson, who worked on Derrick’s campaign staff last year, is the only person who has definitely expressed interest to party leaders about running.

Boecher said Democratic leaers are realistic in their expectations after Stefanik received about 63 percent of the vote in her November re-election bid.

Democrats will be closely watching Stefanik’s votes on Medicare, Social Security and health care reform, she said.

Update: Patrick Nelson said later on Friday he has filed paperwork Federal Election Commisison declaring his candidacy and has begun fundraising. Watch The Post-Star on Tuesday for a report.

Follow staff writer Maury Thompson at All Politics is Local blog, at PS_Politics on Twitter and at Maury Thompson Post-Star on Facebook.

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