ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rep. Bill Owens wanted to wait for the right time to endorse a candidate for the seat he's leaving behind.
After getting to know Aaron Woolf and his stance on the issues, that time came Thursday. Owens said Woolf has the right view on the biggest issue of all -- jobs.
"I think he'll do a great job of communicating that to folks and put us in a position to continue the kinds of conversations I just had with the folks here about how you actually create jobs in a community," Owens said.
Owens and Woolf, both Democrats, kicked off a small business tour Thursday in St. Lawrence County, giving Woolf an up close look at ways to bring and keep jobs in the North Country.
"Seeing a business that's growing and expanding in an increasing capacity is heartening and it's a reminder that this is the best place in the country to do that," Woolf said.
Now Woolf is hoping he's the person to continue Owens' mission -- bring jobs, grow business and boost the district's economy.
"It would be a tremendous honor to follow in his footsteps," Woolf said. "That's what has characterized Congressman Owens tenure in Congress is his ability to walk the walk. That's what I want to do too, and to have his help with that is an incredible honor."
Woolf isn't the only Democrat in the running. Stephen Burke is also hoping to win the party line.
The race also includes two Republicans, Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny, and two Green Party candidates, Donald Hassig and Matthew Funiciello.