PLATTSBURGH — Republican Matt Doheny has ended speculation about whether he will run again for the 21st District congressional seat.
“The landscape has changed, and my wife (Mary) and I thought about it a lot and decided that it’s the right thing to do,” Doheny told the Press-Republican Wednesday.
“I grew up in (Alexandria) Bay and live in Watertown, and I am not going anywhere, and I want to be part of the future, and I still feel that with my experience I have a lot to offer.”
Doheny will challenge Elise Stefanik, who has been endorsed by the Republicans, in a primary on June 24.
“I won’t speak ill of any opponent, but I am getting into this race because of myself and what I can offer, not because of any other candidate,” he said.
Doheny, 43, ran for the seat in 2010 and 2012, losing close races both times to incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh. Owens announced last month that he will not seek re-election.
The district encompasses 12 counties across northern New York, from Lake Ontario in the west to Lake Champlain in the east.
In 2009, Doheny sought the Republican Party endorsement to run against Owens in a special election, but that was given to then-Assemblywoman Dierdre “Dede” Scozzafava of St. Lawrence County.
She wound up coming in third behind Conservative Party candidate Douglas Hoffman of Saranac Lake and Owens.
Doheny is a private investor who spent a decade on Wall Street helping to turn around failing companies. He moved to Watertown in 2009.
He and his wife now have a son, Declan, who is almost 8 months old.
Doheny said that despite having lost twice, he believes voters will still give him a chance.
“All we can do is give the voters a choice,” he said.