Lochner announces campaign for 21st Congressional District
Alex Gault reports in the Adirondack Daily that Republican Jill A. Lochner announced she is running for the 21st Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Elise Stefanik. Stefanik has long said she would only run for five two-year terms, which would end her term in Congress in 2024. Stefanik’s campaign team did not return a request for comment on whether she would not run again. Lochner said she wants to bring a moderate Republican voice to the district, which now includes Rensselaer County. “One of the big reasons I’m running, it’s not only (Stefanik), it’s some of the Republican Party in general, it’s become disappointing to me,” she said in an interview in Glens Falls on March 23. “The loudest, angriest voices get all the attention, and it gives a bad impression.” Lochner says she favors fiscal conservatism, small-government, and is supportive of business. She does not support Donald Trump, and says she is pro-choice. “I actually struggled with infertility, and my husband and I had to do IVF treatments,” she said. “In that process, it becomes very obvious how precious life is and how difficult it is even to get there when you want it so badly.” Read more about this story in the Adirondack Daily.