Add another name to the list of candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant 23rd District Congressional seat.
Doug Hoffman, a certified public accountant out of Essex and Franklin County, has decided to form an explorator committee to seek Republican endorsement to run.
Hoffman describes himself as "a lifelong resident of the North Country and has lived in both Franklin and Essex counties."
A graduate of SUNY Canton and attaining his Accounting Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, he has been involved in several organizations, including North Elba/Lake Placid Republican Committee, The Adirondack Economic Development Corp. and served as President of the North Country Community College Foundation.
Full Press Release:
CANTON, N.Y., June 16, 2009 - Doug Hoffman, a certified public accountant (CPA) and community advocate in Northern New York for 32 years, has announced that he is forming an exploratory committee to seek the Republican endorsement to run for the 23rd United States Congressional District. Congressman John McHugh was recently nominated by President Obama to serve as his Secretary of the Army.
Hoffman is a lifelong resident of the North Country and has lived in both Franklin and Essex counties graduating from Saranac Lake Central School District, as well as North Country Community College. He also attended college in Canton and received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY at Plattsburgh. He earned a Masters in Business Administration majoring in finance and accounting from the University of Connecticut.
From 1993 to 2008 Hoffman was a member of the North Elba/Lake Placid Republican Committee. He also served as Chairman for five years from 2002 to 2006. Hoffman also served in the U. S. Army Reserves and the New York State National Guard unit in Saranac Lake and Malone, which included training at Fort Drum. In addition, he has been a board member and Treasurer of the Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America, The Adirondack Economic Development Corp., the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, and the Lake Placid 2000 Club (organized to work toward the return of the Winter Olympics to Lake Placid). He was also President of the North Country Community College Foundation and the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Currently Hoffman is the Treasurer and Secretary of the Adirondack Medical Center Foundation and serves on the Finance Committee of Adirondack Medical Center. He is also on the Audit Committee of the Olympic Regional Development Corporation, a long standing member of the Lion’s Club and the Lake Placid Ski Club and an honorary member of the Lake Placid Fire Department.
“My experiences as a CPA and an involved member of the North Country have provided me with an in depth understanding of the issues facing the Central and Northern New York,” states Hoffman. “I now want to serve the people of the District as their representative in Congress. I look at this as a service to my community and country.”
Hoffman has worked in Connecticut for Price Waterhouse & Co., ensuring his CPA status before returning to the North Country to become the Corporate Controller for the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Organizing Committee and starting his own CPA practice. He is now a managing partner of Dragon Benware Crowley & Co., P.C., a CPA firm which has offices in Malone, Lake Placid, Canton, Massena and Watertown. Through his 32 years of experience as a CPA, he has worked with thousands of individuals and businesses in the District and understands how difficult it is to make financial ends meet in Central and Northern New York.
“I fully understand the legislative process through my 30 years of monitoring tax law changes as they are introduced into legislation and pass through the Congress or Assembly and the Senate to become law on both the State and Federal level,” states Hoffman. “My profession as a CPA requires me to understand and comply with these tax laws as we advise our clients to plan and prepare their tax returns. As an active member of the community, I am aware of the political, economic and financial issues the District is facing.”
Hoffman and his wife Carol (Torrance) have been married for thirty six years and have three adult children, Ashleah, Douglas Torrance and Taylor.