Congressional candidate Matt Doheny walks in the 2012 Memorial Day parade in Indian Lake.
Matt Doheny announced his bid for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat Feb. 19.
“I was honored that more than 120,000 voters chose me to represent them during the last election,” said Doheny in a press release. “Many told me they appreciated my real-world experience in tackling tough problems and working together with competing interests to find common ground. That approach and real-world experience is sorely needed in a Congress too full of career insiders.
“I’ve made a career out of finding ways to create growth opportunities, turn troubled companies around, balance budgets and protect American jobs,” added the Watertown businessman. “I want to apply that expertise to the problems facing Congress, while helping my community – the North Country, Adirondacks and Capital Region – attract good-paying jobs that are vital in the 21st century economy.”
Doheny managed the distressed assets division of a Fortune 500 company for eight years. He became an expert in both identifying what caused companies to fail and how to improve them so that they could stay in business and retain American jobs. Doheny later formed his own local investment firm and now uses his acquired knowledge in turnarounds, development and business reforms while serving on the boards of directors of several national companies, such as Kodak, YRC Worldwide and Affinity Gaming.
Doheny, the son of Sandra “Kay” and the late Richard Doheny, grew up in the North Country and graduated from Alexandria Central School.
In weighing his run, Doheny received an outpouring of encouragement from friends, family, neighbors, party leaders, elected officials and a few local newspapers.
“I was humbled by strangers who stopped me in the grocery store or at the gas station and urged me to run again. Several friends I met on the campaign trail called and offered an encouraging word,” said Doheny. “I’m going to be out there every day working hard to get elected and be a good representative for them in Congress.”
Doheny will seek the Republican, Independence and Conservative party lines for the Nov. 4 election.
He was all three parties’ candidate during the 2012 election – one of the closest House races in the nation. Rep. Bill Owens won by 1.9 percent in a district in which President Barack Obama carried by 6.1 percent.
Doheny was also part of one of the closest House races in 2010, with just 1,990 votes separating him from the incumbent Owens – while a fellow Republican who stayed on the Conservative Party line, Doug Hoffman, received 10,507 votes.
Doheny’s enterance into the race will force a primary fight with North Country Republican Party choice Elise Stefanik. Stefanik, 29, from Essex County, was endorsed by the North Country Republican chairs earlier in February.
Stefanik’s office was unavailable for comment.
Other Republicans who have expressed an interest in running for the party’s nod include Joe Gibson and Jamie Waller, both from hamilton County, and Michael Ring from Adams Center. Ring said after the GOP endorsement he would be throwing his support behind Stefanik, while Gibson said he would seek petitions to be part of the Republican primary along with Stefanik and Doheny.