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SCHROON LAKE — Green Party NY-21 congressional candidate Lynn S. Kahn, of Schroon Lake, not only has a vision for the North Country — she has a plan.

And after 70,000 miles and 20 months on the road during her 2016 presidential campaign, Kahn listened to a lot of people who voiced deep-seated concerns about their lives and the direction the country was going.

“Under the anger there is a lot of struggle and pain,” said Kahn in a Thursday evening interview from her Schroon Lake home, adding that this is part of the reason for her recently-announced candidacy.

“I saw so much need and I saw so much waste in government,” she said. “I learned you never know a person’s situation. I met people who were living in their cars; I met people who were hungry.”

On Wednesday evening, in her first public event after entering the race in February, Kahn shared her vision for NY-21 with Warren County Green Party members in Glens Falls.

Kahn joins a large pool of candidates hoping to unseat incumbent Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in the November midterm election.

Democratic challengers include Don Boyajian, Cambridge; Tedra Cobb, Canton; David Mastrianni, Schroon Lake; Emily Martz, Saranac Lake; Patrick Nelson, Stillwater; Dylan Ratigan, Saranac Lake; and Katie Wilson, Keene. Wilson was also endorsed to run on the Working Families Party ticket.

Republican Russ Finley, Lisbon, is currently collecting petition signatures to get his name on the Republican primary ballot; despite the party endorsement of Stefanik in all NY-21 counties.

After building her Schroon Lake home 15 years ago, Kahn sometimes visited and sometimes rented it out. But she gave that up when she moved into her home full-time in September 2016.

Kahn’s five NY-21 priorities — expanding health care, growing green jobs, solving Veteran’s complaints, transforming family law and protecting and repairing the environment — come from living in the North Country, working as an organizational psychologist for federal agencies for more than 20 years and her run for president, she said.

“I learned how broken our system is; our politicians need to think bigger and really listen,” Kahn said. “We’re not listening. We’re not speaking the truth and that’s why I am running again.”

As an organizational psychologist, Kahn helped organizations find common ground. “I helped agencies and departments transform themselves,” she said, adding that a big part of moving forward together is developing strategic plans that everybody can buy into.

“I want to raise the level of conversation and explore how to make real change,” she said, adding that she loves town halls and large meeting formats. “We don’t have to agree, but we really have to listen and honor one another. What are our shared solutions?”

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at kphalen-tomaselli@poststar.com for comments or story ideas.

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