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Woolf waiting for big public announcement

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CANTON - Aaron Woolf is not quite ready for his closeup.

The annointed but not formally announced Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said Wednesday that he is planning “a formal announcement” of his candidacy in mid-March, but would not answer any questions about his campaign or his platform before then.

He did say he was “absolutely thrilled” with the support the 12 Democratic County Committee chairpersons gave him on Feb. 12 when they endorsed his candidacy.

Since then, however, Mr. Woolf has been something of a political ghost. He has not granted any interviews, nor has he issued press statements, other than one announcement he sent out that said “I am very eager to discuss my ideas and hear from North Country voters in the weeks and months to come at events in the community, in their living rooms, and at their doorsteps,” in the Feb. 13 prepared statement.

Mr. Woolf filed a statement of candidacy that was hand-delivered to the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 21. The public document lists his address as P.O. Box 248, Elizabethtown, and indicates his campaign is seeking the 21st Congressional District of New York seat.

On Wednesday, Mr. Woolf said that when he is ready for his announcement he will present himself to the press and the public and promised to mount a “serious” and vigorous campaign for the seat.

Until then, the focus is likely to remain on top Republican candidates Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny, who will almost certainly meet in a June 24 primary.

Ms. Stefanik’s campaign has been aggressively distributing press releases for several weeks. She filed her statement of candidacy with the election commission on Aug. 5, 2013. Her year-end financial filing showed a balance of $202,000.

Mr. Doheny is out in public and has made himself available for interviews, but his campaign has not issued many statements, and the commission has no statement of candidacy for the 2014 election, according to its website.

Petitions for nomination will be available March 4, and must be returned by April 10.

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