Democratic chairs in the North Country have decided to support an Essex County man for Congress as they try to hold onto the Congressional seat Bill Owens is about to leave. As time passes since the decision was made to back Aaron Woolf, we're learning more about him. His camp says interviews will happen soon. In the meantime, our Brian Dwyer, @BrianDwyerTWCN, did a little research.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- After earning unanimous support from all 12 Democratic Party chairs Wednesday, Aaron Woolf made a very brief statement.
"I'm incredibly honored and privileged to represent the independent spirit of the North Country, the independent spirit of all of you. I really look forward to talking with and meeting all the great people of this district," Woolf said.
But Woolf declined our request to talk more in-depth. His staff says that will happen shortly.
So to learn more about him, we took to the web. Here's what we know.
Woolf is a registered Democrat. He's a 49-year-old award winning documentary filmmaker who splits his time between Essex County and the New York City area where he owns an organic food store.
The Middlebury College and University of Iowa grad also publicly speaks on how human dimension affects government policy. His film 'King Corn' asks questions about the current direction of the agriculture industry. It's use of corn as a theme, it has been labeled progressive thinking.
"It depends upon whether there's a progressive part of the farm community that sees, 'Well, this could be good for us.'" Jefferson Community College Political Science Professor Dr. Ray Petersen said.
We also learned he likely has the money needed to run this kind of race. He recently was involved in a property transaction in Manhattan. He either bought or sold a condo for $4.75 million.
But until just last week, Woolf was still registered to vote there. He didn't change his registration to Essex County until this past Friday. Although it should be noted GOP favorite Elise Stefanik didn't register in Essex County until four months before she announced her run in August.
"New York State has a tradition of a carpetbagger issue going back to Robert Kennedy running for Senate and then Hillary Rodham Clinton running for Senate," Petersen said.
Also while on the web, while maybe not important to his candidacy, we learned Woolf went to a private school in New Jersey and became friends with the now lead singer of the popular rock band 'Phish'."
Trey Anastasio has said in the past that Woolf and his family provided some inspiration during Phish's early days. Woolf is actually credited with co-writing two Phish songs.
Petersen says if it's possible, Woolf would be smart to reach out to Trey Anastasio of Phish and see what they can do to motivate younger people much like President Barack Obama did in 2008.