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Specific objections filed in NY21 race; eastern candidates on the western front; Doheny in Kansas

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Five specific objections have been filed against the ballot petitions of candidates in the race for New York’s 21st Congressional District, according to the state Board of Elections website.

The specific objections were due to the board Monday.

An objector named Karen Schue Baruth filed specific objections to Republican candidate Elise M. Stefanik’s Independence Party petitions on April 14.

An objector named Mark Westcott mailed specific objections to the Independence and Conservative Party ballot petitions of Ms. Stefanik’s Republican opponent, Matthew A. Doheny, on April 21.

Specific objections can be received the day after they are due if they are postmarked by the due date.

There were also specific objections filed against Stephen W. Burke, a Macomb Democrat facing a primary for his party’s nomination.

Mr. Burke said last week that the objections to his petitions were an attempt by the Democratic party to pave the way for their preferred candidate Aaron G. Woolf.

Mr. Burke submitted just over 1,300 signatures. The minimum number required to get on the ballot is 1,250.

There were also objections lodged against Ms. Stefanik’s Republican and Conservative Party petitions and Mr. Doheny’s Republican Party petitions though no specific objections have yet been listed on the state Board of Elections’s website.

Objections were also filed against Green Party candidate and Glens Falls bakery owner Matthew J. Funiciello by the same two people — Jason Clark and Gertrude S. Daly — who objected to Mr. Burke’s petitions.

No objections were filed against Donald L. Hassig, the environmental activist who is also running for the Green Party nomination.

But Mr. Hassig may face his own challenges with access to the ballot, as his petitions were not received by the state Board of Elections until April 14, three days after they were due to the board by mail.

A complete list of objections can be viewed here: http://wdt.me/oV7A29

— DPF

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This week and next will bring two candidates with home bases in the eastern part of the district to the western part of the district.

Democratic candidate Aaron G. Woolf is scheduled to tour factories and small businesses in Norfolk, Potsdam and Malone on Thursday with Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

This is the first time that the candidate and the Congressman will appear together, though the two men, one a filmmaker and one an attorney, may have more in common than initially meets the eye.

Mr. Woolf was selected this year by the chairpersons of the 12 county Democratic committees in the district, much as Mr. Owens was chosen in 2009 to carry the party’s banner during the special election held after Rep. John M. McHugh was appointed Secretary of the Army.

Elise M. Stefanik, the Republican candidate who has received the endorsement of the state’s Conservative Party, is scheduled to be in Watertown next Tuesday for a meet and greet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Italian American Civic Association, 192 Bellew Ave.

Ms. Stefanik will also be attending a reception at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chestertown hosted by conservative group The League of Blue Line Voters, according to the Glens Falls Post Star.

Republican candidate Matthew A. Doheny, who lives in Watertown, will attend a dinner at the Italian American Civic Association from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

— DPF

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While he prepares for the primary here in the 21st District, Mr. Doheny is attracting press in another part of the country.

Mr. Doheny is a member of the board of directors of Overland Park, Kan.-based trucking company YRC Worldwide.

According to a report in the Kansas City Business Journal, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is asking the board’s Compensation Committee, on which Mr. Doheny serves, to vote against a proposal approving executive compensation.

The Teamsters union, which represents more than 25,000 YRC employees, acquired a 25 percent stake in the company as part of a a series of concessions and now has two members serving on the board, according to the Kansas City Business Journal.

The letter from the union opposes the compensation proposals “because the compensation committee has ‘administered YRCW’s executive pay programs in a way that uncouples pay from performance,’” the Business Journal reported.

The company’s annual shareholder meeting is April 29.

— DPF

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