GLENS FALLS–Don Boyadjian, a lawyer who recently moved from Saratoga County to Cambridge, in Washington County, announced his candidacy for Congress, becoming the fifth candidate seeking the Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional District in 2018.
“We’re interested in coming up with real solutions to help our communities,” Boyadjian said in an interview at the Post-Star. “My whole life, I’ve felt like our region has got the short end of the stick.”
Boyadjian, a trout fisherman and bluegrass musician in his spare time, said he has a keen understanding of the 12 country congressional district, both from a lifestyle and policy perspective.
As a student at Colgate University and Cornell Law School, he did research on affordable housing in the Adirondacks and on invasive species in Lake Champlain.
He focused on agriculture, natural resources and energy issues as an aide to former Rep. Michael McMahon, D-Staten Island, and was an environmental policy adviser to former state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who now is New York’s Governor. “We need a representative that has fight and grit—that is key—and someone that is on the ground in the district,” he said.
Boyadjian joins a spirited field of candidates shaping up early for the 2018 race. Other announced Democratic candidates are” Tedra Cobb of Canton, Emily Martz of Saranac Lake, Patrick Nelson of Stillwater, and Katie Wilson of Keene.
“It is a great sign of things to come,” Boyadjian said, referring to the large field of candidates. “People deserve a great representative and people are motivated right now.”
Boyadjian, 32, is a partner in the law firm Dreyer Boyadjian, specializing in environmental and municipal government law. Boyadjian said his campaign platform will center around economic development and infrastructure, which he view as related. Infrastructure improvements make the region more attractive to new employers, he said.
Boyadjian said, if elected, he would ask to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.