WILTON - Elise Stefanik wants to be the Republican candidate for Congress in New York's sprawling 21st District, which includes Warren, Washington, and part of Saratoga county.
Stefanik entered the race before Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat, announced his retirement.
“I got in this race when it was toughest, taking on a 3rd-term incumbent, holding him accountable for his deciding vote on Obamacare,” said Stefanik.
At 29, Stefanik is no political newcomer. She was a policy advisor in Washington, and worked in the Bush White House for three years.
She grew up in Albany County, went to Albany Academy and then Harvard.
Stefanik moved to her parents' home in Essex County last year and registered to vote.
She does marketing and sales for the family business, Premium Plywood Products of Guilderland Center.