The Washington Free Beacon, a nation conservative-leaning private online newspaper, reported about the 21st Congressional District race on Monday. Click here to read the report.

I've pointed this out before, but it's worth repeating that long-term residency immediately before the election, although frequently debated, does not seem to have been a major factor in deciding congressional elections in the Glens Falls area.

  • Elise Stefanik, Republican, elected in 2015, grew up in Albany area and moved to family vacation home in Willsboro to run;
  • Chris Gibson, Republican, elected in 2010, returned to his hometown of Kinderhook a military career, just before announcing his candidacy;
  • Scott Murphy, Democrat, elected in the 2009 special election, had lived in Glens Falls for only a couple of years before running;
  • Jim Tedisco, Republican, who lost the 2009 special election, lived outside the congressional district when he campaigned;
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat, elected in 2008, was raised in the Albany area, lived in New York City, and moved to Greenport, near Hudson, about a year or so before she announced her candidacy;
  • John Sweeney, Republican, elected in 1998, moved to his parent's residence in Rensselaer County to run.

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Exceptions to the trend, although still not natives --

  • Bill Owens, elected in the Glens Falls area in 2012 after redistricting, and in Plattsburgh/Watertown area in 2009 -- Lived in Plattsburgh for many years after serving there in the U.S. Air Force;
  • Jerry Solomon, Republican, elected in 1978 and served 20 years -- Raised in Albany area  and moved to Queensbury as a young man to expand his father's business, several years before Solomon served as Queensbury supervisor and state Assemblyman.

Also in the national news, NY21 is not specifically mentioned in this The Hill report, but the district has similar demographics with NY23 and NY24.

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