Aubertine Says He Is Not Running For Congress

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Former state Sen. Darrel Aubertine has decided not to run for Congress in the 21st District.

Aubertine tells 7News the decision lifted a great weight off his shoulders.

Aubertine will instead stay at his state government job as special assistant for external affairs for Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Aubertine, who is also a former commissioner of the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets, said last week he is confident he could win, but wasn't sure he wanted the job.

"I think I can better serve the community here in the north country in my current position at the comptroller's office with external affairs and other activities as well," said Aubertine.

Aubertine's decision leaves Aaron Woolf the lone Democrat in the race. Woolf is a documentary filmmaker who has not spoken to the media since he was selected by the district's Democratic committee chairs on February 12.

The race for the seat opened up when current Congressman Bill Owens announced in January he would not seek reelection.

Actively seeking the seat besides Woolf are Republicans Elise Stefanik, Joe Gilbert and Matt Doheny, and Green Party candidates Don Hassig and Matthew Funiciello.

Michael Ring is still technically a Republican candidate, but has endorsed Stefanik.

See Aubertine's news release

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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