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North Country small business owner enters race for NY-21

Democrats are lining up to run for Congress this year, especially here in New York, which features a lot swing districts. That includes the 21st district in the North Country, which flipped from blue to red in 2014 when Congressman Bill Owens retired and Elise Stefanik won a three-way race to replace him. Now, a local business owner is preparing to take on Congresswoman Stefanik. Democratic candidate Katie Wilson joins us to talk about her campaign.

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Keene lifer believes she’s the one to take on Stefanik

Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero

Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero

KEENE — As Katie Wilson followed her dog Derby and her neighbor’s dog Lucy up a mossy cascade of a path in this tiny mountain town she’s always called home, the 33-year-old small business owner talked about why she wants to represent the North Country in U.S. Congress.

The single mother of two — Cooper, 9, and Zinnia, 7 — bounded up a brook high above Hulls Falls, and in between tired breaths, she expressed her concerns with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro. Wilson also shared her own stances on issues as this private trail gave way to a clearing that looks down onto the field where an iconic crumbling red barn once sat along state Route 73.

“I think there is a tenacity,” she continued. “The people who have lived here through a few North Country winters, they understand the somewhat extreme nature and sense of community it takes to thrive here, and Elise doesn’t. This isn’t an attack on her personality; this is just straight fact: She hasn’t been through that.

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