Another Possible Candidate Surfaces For Congressional Seat

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The director of economic development for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest name to surface as a possible Democratic candidate for Congress in the 21st District.

Jonathan Cardinal told 7 News he has an interest in the job. 

He's a north country native who is interested in the north country and at this point he's having conversations with stakeholders both locally and nationally to solicit their advice. 

He said he has no timetable for making a decision.

Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat, announced this week that he will not seek reelection this fall.

No one has announced plans to run on the Democratic side.

Three Republicans have already announced their candidacy: broadcast engineer and computer consultant Michael Ring of Adams Center, former George W. Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik of Whitesboro and former St. Lawrence County emergency services director Joe Gilbert.

Cardinal is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence University.

According to his biography on the SLU web site, he oversees the Gillibrand's legislative agenda on various economic policies and directs related statewide outreach.

Previously, Cardinal was an aide on the staff of former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and served in various capacities in political campaigns throughout New York.

In 2010, he was selected as one of 12 congressional staff members to participate in the Stennis Center's Emerging Congressional Staff Leaders Program.

Cardinal, who graduated from St. Lawrence summa cum laude with a degree in government, interned in Clinton's office while participating in St. Lawrence's Washington Semester Program at American University.

At St. Lawrence, he was president of the Thelomathesian Society student government as well as the SLU Democrats club.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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