Democrat joins packed Congress contest

Sara Idleman, Greenwich town supervisor (Promotional photo)

GREENWICH — The large pool of candidates vying for Rep. Elise Stefanik’s congressional seat continues to grow as Greenwich town Supervisor Sara Idleman, a Democrat, announced her decision to run on Thursday.

“I gave it serious thought and decided I would run and jump in near the first of the year,” Idleman said in a phone interview late Thursday afternoon.

With an event slated for Jan. 6 at the Greenwich Elks Lodge No. 2223, 130 Bulson Road, Idleman will officially announce her candidacy for New York’s 21st Congressional District.

Idleman joins a large pool of candidates challenging Stefanik, R-Willsboro, including Democrats Tanya Boone, Granville; Don Boyajian, Cambridge; Tedra Cobb, Canton; Emily Martz, Saranac Lake; Ronald Kim, Queensbury; Patrick Nelson, Stillwater; Katie Wilson, Keene; and Republican Russell Finley, Lisbon.

According to Federal Election Commission information, Libertarian Chris Schmidt, Hudson Falls, and Republican Steve Schnibbe are also running for Stefanik’s seat, but The Post-Star was unable to confirm this information by deadline.

On Dec. 12, former candidate Steve Krieg, who was running as an independent, announced on Facebook that he was discontinuing his run for Congress.

Idleman said on Thursday that she is holding the details of her platform for the Jan. 6 event.

The candidate has been Greenwich’s town supervisor for eight years and was re-elected for two more years, she said. Additionally, she serves on the Washington County Board of Supervisors and as chairwoman for the Community College Committee.

As a lifelong resident of Easton and Greenwich, Idleman said she has deep roots in the community. Growing up on a dairy farm and teaching government and American history in Cambridge and Greenwich central schools for 25 years, Idleman said she understands issues related to the area.

The day after Idleman’s formal announcement, the congressional candidates will gather on Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Moreau Community Center, 144 Main St., South Glens Falls, for a Congressional Candidate Forum from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

The event, hosted by the community group Citizens Acting Together for District 21, is open to the public, and questions for candidates can be submitted in advance until 10 p.m. Dec. 30 via goo.gl/forms/ia0nmTW8xvuBVvRh1.

Stefanik’s office was contacted by The Post-Star on Thursday to ask if she will attend the January forum. Although spokesman Tom Flanagin did not say if the congresswoman will attend the event, he did respond by email Thursday evening.

“Congresswoman Stefanik has participated in over 500 events since taking office including over a dozen public Coffees with your Congresswoman,” he wrote. “In 2018, Congresswoman Stefanik will continue her aggressive schedule of constituent outreach, including tele-town halls, school visits, farms stops, small business events, and others across the North Country.”

The congresswoman did not participate in candidate forums held this fall in the district, including one in August at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, another held Oct. 3 at Canton High School in Canton, and a third on Dec. 1 at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.

(Editor’s note: Four daily newspapers in the North Country — the Enterprise, Post-Star of Glens Falls, Watertown Daily Times and Press-Republican of Plattsburgh — are sharing content to better cover New York’s 21st Congressional District.)

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