Two-time candidate Matt Doheny is going to make a third run at the north country's Congressional seat.
He made that announcement live on 7 News This Morning.
Click on the picture above to see anchor Jeff Cole interview him live.
"I'm pleased to announce -- right here live with you -- that I will be a candidate for the United States House of Representatives for the 21st Congressional District here in New York," Doheny said.
Doheny, a Republican, ran unsuccessful campaigns against current Congressman Bill Owens in 2010 and 2012. Owens announced last month he would not seek relection when his current term expires at the end of the year.
Owens' announcement changed Doheny's conviction at the end of the last election not to seek the seat a third time. He and his wife, he said, had some difficult choices to make.
"Sometimes circumstances change and that really took Mary and I about a month to really figure out and digest to get to the point where I can be with you today." he said.
It makes a big difference, Doheny said, now that there's no incumbent to run against. "We saw that with Mr. Owens. He was a strong, strong incumbent, no question about that."
In his 2012 concession speech, Doheny told supporters "I don't know how Republican the 21st Congressional District is anymore," referring to his loss to a Democrat in a district with a strong majority of registered Republicans.
Doheny said his intent was to "remind people that if you call Repubican red or Democrat blue, we might have more purple than people care to admit here."
When asked if he would run a less conservative campaign this time around, Doheny said, "I'm a proud Republican. I understand the need for compromise as well as the need for core values and principles. We're going to show over the next four months where my positions are."
Earlier this month, the chairs of the 12 county Republican committees in the district selected Elise Stefanik as their preferred candidate.
Doheny's announcement means there will be a Republic primary.
Doheny said he wants to give voters an option. "I had a primary in 2010," he said. "I had a primary in 2012. I understand what it means to face voters and I think that voters will have a choice here in 2014."
On the Democratic side, county committee chairs selected political newcomer and documentary filmmaker Aaron Wolf.
Doheny, 43, was raised in Alexandria Bay and received a law degree from Cornell University.
He practiced law in Syracuse before joining the business world. He worked for Deutsche Bank and Fintech Advisory before starting his own business, Watertown-based North Country Capital LLC, in 2010.
He and his wife, Mary, live in Watertown with their 7 month old son, Declan.
Following is a news release from Doheny's campaign:
Matt Doheny today announced his bid for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat.
“I was honored that more than 120,000 voters chose me to represent them during the last election,” said Doheny. “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.”
“My parents taught me the value of hard work, and I owe my success to the North Country values they instilled in me,” said Doheny. “While I had to leave the North Country for a time to continue my career, this will be my home for the rest of my life; and I’m committed to helping the next generation – including my seven-month-old son, Declan – follow their dreams right here at home.”
“I’ve made a career out of finding ways to create growth opportunities, turn troubled companies around, balance budgets and protect American jobs,” said Doheny, a 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 – while a fellow Republican who stayed on the Conservative Party line received 10,507 votes.