The decision of New York Democratic Congressman Bill Owens to retire from his 21st district seat has piqued interest from a number of candidates. There are primary races in the Republican, Democratic and the Green parties. In our continuing series meeting the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Green Party candidate Matt Funicello.
Glens Falls Rock Hill Bakehouse owner Matt Funicello served on the state committee of the New York State Green Party for about six years and was a national Green Party committee member for five years. Funicello faces St. Lawrence County cancer advocate Donald Hassig in a Green primary.
Matt Funicello has known Ralph Nader for about a decade, and says the consumer advocate will be campaigning with him. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York governor, has also agreed to campaign with Funicello.