Matt Funiciello declared his race for the NY-21 as the Green Party's Congressional candidate a success. Funiciello cited the 11% of the vote he received district-wide, the 24% he polled in Warren county, his inclusion in the debates and media alongside the corporate party candidates, the ratio of money raised and spent to votes garnered, and the success of Howie Hawkins' campaign as major wins for district and New York voters. Funiciello also said he will run again in two years and use the strength of his campaign to build the Green Party across the district.
"What happened last night showed us that a significant portion of the district is no longer interested in corporate candidates from the Democratic or Republican parties. Over $5.5 million was spent on the race this year, most of it from my opponents and the outside corporate interests trying to buy this seat. Where Elise Stefanik's campaign spent nearly $40 a vote, and Aaron Woolf's $37 a vote, we spent only $2 a vote. Now Elise will go to Washington to serve the special interests controlling her, and Aaron will go back to making movies. I'm going to stay here and build on our success; with 11% of the vote we managed to energize people across the district. Now it's up to us to build on that, establish a strong Green Party presence in CD-21, run again and win in two years. I'm proud of everyone who worked on the campaign and who cast a vote for change yesterday," said Funiciello.
"We can't forget the groundwork laid for us by Howie Hawkins, either. By receiving 5% of the vote for governor and moving the Greens to Row D on the ballot, the next four years are full of promise for a truly independent, non-corporate, progressive party in New York State. We're going to win elections at every level in the next four years against the two corporate parties -- this is only the beginning," concluded Funiciello.