Macomb's Burke Announces Bid For Congress

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A former St. Lawrence County Democratic chairman is the latest to enter a  field of candidates for the 21st Congressional District seat now held by Bill Owens.

Stephen Burke, now a Macomb town councilman, announced his intentions Monday morning at his Bishop Road farm to challenge Aaron Woolf in a Democratic primary

He says he has already started circulating nominating petitions.

Burke is no stranger to politics having been a former county Democratic chair and a candidate for New York Lieutenant Governor, an early contender in the 1992 presidential race and a 1993 congressional candidate.

If he collects enough signatures, it would force a primary with political newcomer Woolf, who was selected last month by the Democratic committee chairs from the district's 12 counties.

Burke says he decided to enter the race because he has a passion for politics and sees a need to bring ideas to the table that focus on the needs of everyday people and not political interests.

"We have to come up with new ideas and new thoughts to get, not only the country moving," he said, "but also the north country."

"Officials in Washington are so busy fighting each other with their egos that they've forgotten why they're there and what they've come from," he said. "A citizen government is what we should have."

He also says he was disconcerted to see Woolf wasn't taking stands on important issues such as Fort Drum's future, the need for keeping business in America, and more jobs.
 
Burke says he plans to run an issue-oriented campaign and looks forward to meeting with district voters to get their input on issues.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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