21st Congressional District primary election guide

The survey included a rank of five specific priorities, with one being the first and most important; how the candidates grade the current congress; their pick for president; religion; campaign staff size; if political experience is necessary to run for congress; and their annual salary.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, responded as follows:

Tracy Brooks, D-Coeymans

I'm running for Congress to undo the damage done by George Bush and stand up to the Republicans in Washington, to take on the special interests who stand in the way of change, and to make our government accountable again to our families, our communities and to the people, Brooks said.

Brooks, 38, an attorney who worked as regional director for Clinton, campaigned in all seven counties of the district in seven days one week after she announced her candidacy in February.

She leads the pack in fundraising and said her top priorities are the economy, the war, health care and the cost of living. Brooks has received several major endorsements, including Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney; Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings; McNulty's father and former Green Island Mayor, Jack McNulty; McNulty's sister, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty Ryan; and many others.

On McNulty, Brooks said, "His long-lasting legacy will be one as an honest, compassionate, hardworking advocate for the people of the Capital Region."

Her one criticism: "Recently, I disagreed with Congressman McNulty's original position on the so-called Iran blockade amendment, which I opposed from the start."

She also recently gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and often touts herself as the pro-choice candidate who will go to Washington and fight for women's right to choose.

"People across the Capital Region are telling me they're hungry for change. They're tired of the same old talk from the same old politicians," said Brooks. "And they're looking for new leadership who will bring about REAL change.

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