Candidates meet in Wanakena
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ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Candidates for the 21st Congressional district took to the podium to talk to residents in St. Lawrence County. Congressman Bill Owens and his challengers, Matt Doheny and Donald Hassig, took questions from the residents in Wanakena.
The questions ranged in a wide variety of issues, including the Adirondack Park, immigration reform, and Social Security and Medicare reform.
Candidates were instructed to keep the atmosphere friendly, but that did not stop Republican challenger Matt Doheny from attacking the incumbent. Congressman Owens stayed on message and cited his small business experience. The Green Party, candidate Donald Hassig, provided some comic relief by admitting he doesn't really have a chance to win.
"Unfortunately, my opponent and his friends in Congress don't do something that we all do in our families and our small businesses and that is... actually have a budget," said Doheny.
"I can tell you for 30 years I've been walking these communities. I've been doing the small business work, helping companies form, helping with their employees, helping with their finances. I understand what it means to make payroll," said Owens.
Matt Doheny and Congressman Owens will have another debate next Thursday, October 25th, and you can watch that at 7 p.m. on YNN.