The 2012 elections are still on the distant horizon, but one man is making his candidacy for New York's 23rd Congressional District known early.
Watertown banker Matt Doheny narrowly lost to incumbent Democrat Bill Owens last fall in a race that for a time also featured a third candidate, Saranac Lake accountant Doug Hoffman.
Some political experts theorized that Hoffman's presence on the Conservative line leading up to the election pulled votes from Doheny's camp, eventually handing the race to Owens.
This week, Doheny announced he will again seek the seat that Owens has won twice.
Meanwhile, Doheny is lining up his campaign staff for 2012. For starters, he's hired Jude Seymour to be his deputy campaign manager and spokesman.
"Jude is one of the best North Country reporters, so I'm thrilled that he'll soon be using his talents to help get me elected to Congress," Doheny said.
Doheny - who ran last year on the Republican and Independent lines - notes that the public portion of the campaign won't be gearing up for several more months, but in the meantime, he'll work closely with Seymour to develop his campaign strategy.
The 31-year-old Seymour is a former political reporter for the Watertown Daily Times. This month, he'll finish his current job as a reporter for WWNY.