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September 21, 2011

Doheny to seek congressional seat again

PLATTSBURGH — Republican Matt Doheny will try again to unseat incumbent Congressman Bill Owens in the 23rd District race in 2012.

"We will work on growing the economy and creating jobs because that's what people are concerned about, but those voices are not being heard in the North Country and in Washington," Doheny said during a visit to Plattsburgh Wednesday.

Doheny, 41, officially kicked off his campaign with a tour of the 11-county district. Although the election is still nearly 14 months away, he said he is starting now to give him time to produce a strong campaign team and raise funds.

NEW APPROACH

In 2010, Doheny lost a close election — 1,990 votes — to Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat. But the race also included Douglas Hoffman, a Lake Placid accounting-firm owner who was on the Conservative Party line and took 6 percent of the vote.

Doheny said he believes he will have the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines this time around, which will change the playing field.

"Bill Owens won with only 47 percent of the vote last time, and those are not the kind of usual numbers an incumbent has," Doheny said.

The top issues will be the economy, jobs and the national debt, Doheny said, adding that he will link Owens with President Barack Obama as part of the problem with the country's finances.

"We will look at Congressman Owens's record, and with 9.1-percent unemployment and nearly a $15 trillion deficit, those are two areas that Congress and the president have fallen down on," Doheny said.

WORKED ON WALL STREET

Doheny was raised in Alexandria Bay and earned a law degree from Cornell University.

He spent eight years working as a Wall Street investor who managed the distressed-assets division at a Fortune 500 company.

In 2009, after moving to Watertown, he sought the Republican endorsement to run in a special election for the seat that was being vacated by Republican John McHugh, who was tabbed by Obama to be the secretary of the Army.

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