Matt Doheny is again adding his name to the 2014 ballot for northern New York's 21st Congressional District. Doheny, the owner of a private investment firm in Watertown, ran for the seat in 2010 and 2012, but lost both races to Democrat Bill Owens. Owens announced last month that he will retire after his term ends at the end of this year.
Doheny announced his candidacy less than two weeks after the district's 12 county Republican chairs endorsed Elise Stefanik as their candidate. Stefanik worked for former President George W. Bush and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
Oswego County Republican Chairman Michael Backus says that although Oswego County isn't involved with the 21st District, he hopes Republicans throughout the region with rally behind one of the candidates.
"There may be a few folks up in northern Oswego County that want to help in that race, but hopefully out of that primary we get behind one of the candidates," Backus said.
North Country Democrats have already designated documentary filmmaker and political newcomer Aaron Woolf as their candidate for the 2014 election.
The Republicans may not be the only party facing a possible primary to replace Owens, as more than one Green Party candidate has also come forward.