Doheny to seek 21st District seat

A familiar face is coming back to the 21st Congressional District race for November.

Matt Doheny, 43, a Watertown businessman, will contend with Elise Stefanik and Aaron Woolf for the 21st Congressional District seat in November, the third time Doheny has run for a congressional seat.

Doheny faced U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) twice, once in 2010 and again in 2012, losing both times by narrow margins.

“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. In 2012, Doheny was all three parties’ candidate.

Doheny would also have to contend with other candidates as well. Fulton County Republican Chairwoman Susan McNeil announced in early Febuary the Fulton County Republican Committee was endorsing Elise Stefanik for the 21st Congressional District at a recent meeting. Stefanik is a native of upstate New York, an honors graduate of Harvard University and works in her family’s business, Premium Plywood Products, in management and marketing.

In 2012, Owens won the election with a total of 126,631 votes, 50.14 percent, compared to Doheny’s 121,631, 48.17 percent. In 2010, Owens had won with 82,232 votes, 47.51 percent, compared to Doheny’s 80,237, 46.36 percent.

Aaron Woolf of Elizabethtown, Essex County, has been nominated by the Democrats as their candidate for the 21st Congressional District. According to a news release, Woolf is a small business owner who has written, directed and produced several award-winning documentary films.

Doheny was raised in Alexandria Bay. He is a graduate of Allegheny College and received his law degree at Cornell University. After practicing law in Syracuse, he jumped into the business world. At Deutsche Bank, he managed more than 130 individuals while helping purchase and improve large, troubled companies. Doheny and his wife, Mary, reside in Watertown with their 7-month-old son, Declan.