An interview process is underway to endorse a Republican candidate in this year's race for the 21st Congressional District seat currently held by Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens.
The three potential candidates - Joseph M. Gilbert of DeKalb Junction, Michael F. Ring of Adams Center and Elise M. Stefanik of Willsboro - will be interviewed by county Republican committees across the district, including the Franklin County Republican Committee on Jan 14.
Each candidate had to file with the Federal Election Commission to be considered. The meetings are closed to the public.
Franklin County Republican Committee Chairman Ray Scollin said each county's committee will make a decision on which candidate to endorse following each interview. Those results will then be considered for an official 21st District Republican Party endorsement.
The last meeting will be held in Jefferson County on Jan. 30.
"There are some standard questions that we as county chairs have passed around," Scollin said. "I think what most chairmen and chairwomen are planning on doing is making sure that there's three or four questions that they ask all the candidates to make sure that they give it an even balance."
Scollin said topics will likely include gun control, jobs, the Affordable Care Act and the economy.