Congressman Bill Owens spoke via conference call with the Warren County Democratic Committee at its meeting on March 28th in Lake George, discussed his positions, talked about his background and asked the committee for its endorsement.
Owens apologized for being unable to attend in person, due to pending Congressional votes, but promised to attend future meetings of the committee and to get to know committee members and members of the public personally. The congressman, who lives in Plattsburgh, said he was sad to lose some friends in the western part of his old district under the New York State Legislature's recent redistricting plan, but said he looked forward to representing the new areas in his district, which now includes all of Essex County, Warren County, Washington County and much of the northern part of Saratoga County. There are about a quarter of a million people in these new areas.
Owens described how he first came to the northern New York region as a member of the Air Force stationed at the former Plattsburgh Air Force base, and how on leaving the Air Force he decided to stay in the area and practice law in former State Senator Ron Stafford's law firm. He described himself as a pragmatist who worked hard to stay in touch with the people of the area in order to better represent their interests and also tried to reach across the aisle to Republicans to build coalitions that would help bring jobs and economic development to the area. At the end of the call he formally asked the committee for its endorsement.
A motion was then made and unanimously passed to formally endorse Bill Owens for United States Congress for the new 21st Congressional District.
Owens was represented at the meeting by campaign manager James Hannaway, who described the upcoming campaign and circulated around the room meeting members of the committee.
Nominating petitions are also handed out to committee members to get Owens on the ballot for the November election.
You can read more about Bill Owens at his campaign website Bill Owens For Congress
and his official Congressional Website.