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Don Boyajian

NY-21 Democratic congressional candidate Don Boyajian, Cambridge, during a January candidate forum in south Glens Falls. Boyajian leads in FEC filings for campaign contributions.

Editor’s note: A previous online version of this story included some figures prior to an update by the FEC.

Democratic congressional candidate Don Boyajian is still holding the fundraising lead among the candidates running in the 21st Congressional District Democratic primary.

According to the Federal Elections Commission, Mr. Boyajian, an environmental lawyer from Saratoga Springs, has raised about $494,000 as of March 31, with $298,712 in remaining cash on hand. He raised about $141,000 between January and March of this year, more than any other Democratic candidate.

Behind Mr. Boyajian is Democratic candidate Tedra L. Cobb, a former St. Lawrence County legislator from Canton. She has raised a little over $293,000 since announcing last year, including $76,365 raised in the first quarter of 2018. She is currently sitting on about $196,500 in cash on hand.

Mr. Boyajian has accrued significantly more out-of-state and out-of-district contributions than Ms. Cobb. According to, approximately a third of Mr. Boyajian’s contributions were from out of state, and more than three quarters of his contributions were from outside the 21st Congressional District (this data is based on pre-2018 filings). Conversely, most of the contributions to Ms. Cobb’s campaign were smaller and made from within the district and within New York state.

Though he was the last Democrat to enter the race (and prompted the exit of three others) late-comer Dylan J. Ratigan of Saranac Lake raised over $150,000 in the first quarter of 2018. Mr. Ratigan, a former MSNBC host, joined the race back in February.

Also running are candidates Emily Martz, Saranac Lake, with $215,096 raised; Katie K. Wilson, Keene, with $167,312 raised, David Mastrianni, Saratoga, with $61,157 raised; and Patrick F. Nelson, Stillwater, with $53,619 raised.

The seven Democratic candidates will face off in a primary election this June, and the nominee will go onto face U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik in the general election. Ms. Stefanik, who is seeking a third term, is still far ahead of the her Democratic opponents in terms of total contributions. As of the end of March, her campaign is sitting on about $1.3 million in cash on hand. She raised over $304,000 in the first quarter of this year.

Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn of Schroon Lake is also running, but her fundraising data has not yet been made available by the FEC.

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