Local Green Party activist Matt Funiciello, who ran for Congress in 2014 and 2016, announced Tuesday he will not run again in 2018.
“I really think that the amount of time that it takes and the amount of money that it takes to be able to do this full time — I know that I am not in it this cycle,” Funiciello, a bread company owner who lives in Hudson Falls, said in a telephone interview Tuesday after he announced his decision in a post on his political Facebook page.
Funiciello said the Green Party will definitely have a candidate running in the 21st Congressional District in 2018, and most likely a party primary.
“I am pretty confident that we will probably have a primary,” he said. “There are two people that are seriously interested.”
Funiciello would not identify the potential candidates or say what counties they are from because the candidates have asked him not to disclose their identity until after the November local elections.
“I will say that they are both women,” he said.
Funiciello received 11 percent of the vote in 2014 and 4.4 percent in 2016, placing third twice in races that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, won.
“It was necessary to organize,” Funiciello said, referring to his two campaigns.
“The party in Saratoga and Washington and Warren counties are all organized and there’s a firmer organization between Albany and here,” he said. “And a lot of that was inspired by running a very visible race twice.”
Funiciello said in November 2016 he intended to run again, but he has wavered since, saying he needed time for his business.
Funiciello said the timing of his announcement was because it seemed that curiosity in political circles about whether he will run for Congress again seemed to be overshadowing Green Party races in the city of Glens Falls this fall, where the party has candidates running for mayor, councilman at-large and 4th Ward councilman.
“I think too much attention is being paid to these federal races. That’s not necessarily good for the building of the party,” he said.
In an open letter posted to the Matt Funiciello-Green Politics Page on Facebook, he thanked supporters of the past two congressional races.
Funiciello also touched on the current political climate in the open letter.