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Last week, Aaron Woolf, the Democratic congressional candidate in New York's 21st Congressional District, held his first public forum at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, New York, delivering a well thought-out speech outlining his goals for the area. After the speech, Woolf answered many questions from prospective constituents on a wide range of topics, including the potential legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, alternative and renewable energy creation, gun issues and the SAFE Act, as well as home rule and zoning issues for Upstate communities facing casino development or hydrofracking.

The forum was hosted by Democracy for the Greater Glens Falls Area (GFADFA), the local chapter of Democracy for America, the progressive activist group founded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean during his presidential campaign in 2004. Over the past decade, the Glens Falls DFA has emerged as the largest leading progressive activist group in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties, helping to pave the way for a string of Democratic victories in what was formerly one of the most rock-ribbed conservative pockets of the Northeast; the most notable of these victories being now-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's defeat of former corrupt, scandal plagued Congressman John Sweeney (R) in 2006.

The Glens Falls DFA meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM at the Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls.

The first video contains Aaron Woolf's speech with an introduction from Glens Falls DFA coordinator Larry Dudley:

The second video contains Aaron Woolf's answers to questions from prospective constituents:

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  •  Thank you for this introduciton to Aaron Woolf (7+ / 0-)

    May I suggest that both linked organizations should be added to your tags.

    Senator Gillibrand is my Senator and I didn't know this detail in her political history (I'm a relative newbie to political action).

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 04:32:03 PM PDT

  •  Gillibrand was my congresswoman and it was a (6+ / 0-)

    breath of fresh air. Sweeney was one of those who went and harassed people in Florida during the Gore vs. Bush fiasco. He was corrupt, had alcohol problems and there were charges of spousal abuse. It was a major change in representation for our area. Someone who was accessible and listened to the needs of her constituents. Her successor, Murphy a Democrat from Glens Falls, was elected on her record really. He was ineffectual and was defeated by Tea Party leaning Chris Gibson. I have tried to get answers about various issues from him and I get boilerplate responses from him and his staff who never really address my concerns. It is time we put this seat in the blue column!!!

    An anecdote regarding Gillibrand. MY high school science bowl team won our regional competition and were going to Washington DC to compete with 63 other teams for the national championship. (April madness for Geeks!! Just as exciting as March Madness and students who are so knowledgeable the Phd's have trouble answering questions they do. 85% of the students who are in this competition at DC end up in STEM fields.) Anyway Gillibrand was the only congressperson of the 64 teams who contacted the National Science Bowl to arrange a meeting with the team when we arrived in DC. A real touch of class.  

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