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Boyajian raises most among NY21 Democrats

Stefanik ends September with more than $1M on hand

October 17, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

Though North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, has more cash on hand than all of her opponents combined, an environmental and town attorney from Saratoga has a sizable early lead on his fellow Democrats.

As of the October quarterly Federal Election Commission filing report, Don Boyajian had $188,174 on hand - more than $75,000 more than the nearest challenger to Stefanik, Democrat Tedra Cobb, and her $111,366 on hand.

Through Sept. 30, Boyajian had received $207,965 for his campaign, nearly $100,000 more than any other candidate in the race as Cobb was again closest at $128,994.

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Boyajian is out ahead after only two months of campaigning after he formally announced his candidacy on Aug. 1.

"I couldn't be more grateful for the outpouring of support," Boyajian wrote in a press release. "I look forward to bringing real representation to Upstate and the North Country."

Boyjian's campaign only spent $19,791, in the same ballpark neighborhood as Cobb ($17,627) in expenditures, Democrat Emily Martz of Saranac Lake ($19,457) and Democrat Patrick Nelson of Stillwater ($16,039).

Democrat Katie Wilson of Keene spent the most of any of the challenger of Stefanik, with a total of $25,269 in disbursements. Wilson ended September with $19,938 cash on hand, fourth among challengers to Stefanik, after she raised $45,207.

Wilson's fellow Tri-Lakes region Democrat, Emily Martz of Saranac Lake, ended September ahead of Wilson, as Martz had $33,223 cash on hand after raising $52,681. But those numbers were a distant third place to Cobb, who spent only $17,627 against her $128,987 in total contributions.

"I owe so many people in Northern New York a big thank you for the early support they have shown," Cobb wrote in a press release.

Patrick Nelson, the first challenger to enter the race nearly a year ago who has pledged not to accept money from special interest groups, ended the quarter fifth among challengers to Stefanik with $13,151 on hand after raising $29,191 and spending $16,039.

Democrats Ron Kim and Joseph Kopser and Republican Russell Finley reported zero fundraising or financial numbers for the October quarterly report through the FEC. Other announced candidates not on the FEC list include Libertarian Christopher Schmidt and independent Steve Krieg.

Stefanik received $859,255 as of Sept. 30 while she spent $379,315, leaving her with $1,023,309 cash on hand as of the end of the quarter.

"I'm grateful for the continued support across the North Country," Stefanik wrote in a statement issued by her campaign manager. "Today's announcement reinforces our success in delivering real results for our families and our small businesses, for veterans, farmers, and for everyone who lives and works in the 21st District."



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