Watch what Rep. Bill Owens has to say about how the race for the 21st District is shaping up. The video is posted at the bottom of this article.
HEUVELTON, N.Y. -- Stephen Burke is the latest candidate to throw his name into the race for the 21st Congressional District.
He says he did so because North Country residents are hurting, and now he hopes he'll be the one to fix it.
"We dropped down in jobs and employment and we have a lot of problems here in the North Country," Burke said. "America now is coming to that same crossroads."
The town of Macomb councilman is a former St. Lawrence County Democratic chairman and has worked in the New York state Senate.
Burke is hoping his political experience gives him an edge against political newcomer Aaron Woolf.
"I know how to get legislation through. I know how to work with opposite members of parties with different viewpoints and I think this is all vital to know the system and how it works," he said.
Burke says his knowledge of the system is something Woolf doesn't have. And something North Country residents need in a candidate.
"We cannot afford to send somebody to Congress who's going to spend the first five or six years of his tenure learning the process or learning what's needed," Burke said. "We have to hit the ground running."
Burke is hitting the ground running with his campaign.
He says part of his decision to pursue Congress came after seeing how Woolf was running his campaign.
"He is like a stealth candidate. Very mysterious and not around. I don't know if I should be looking behind a tree for him to find out what his stances are so I can't really say much about him," Burke said.
Burke says he has never met Woolf, but is now all-in on running against him.
"Win lose or draw, they're going to know I'm in the race, and it's going to be a hard, tough fought race but we're going to win, he said.
Next up for Burke, continue gathering petitions and hoping to gain support.
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