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Matt Doheny at a campaign stop in 2010.  Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO
Matt Doheny at a campaign stop in 2010. Photo: Mike Benjamin, WRVO

Matt Doheny will make third try for NY-21 House seat

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The race for New York's 21st House district has gotten more complicated: Republican Matt Doheny announced his bid for the North Country seat this morning.

It'll be the third try for Doheny, a 43-year-old businessman from Watertown. He is seeking the Republican, Independence and Conservative Party lines.

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Elise Stefanik, a newcomer who moved to Willsboro last year to run for the seat, has been running hard. The 29-year-old is the designated candidate of Republican county leaders across the region.

Press reports yesterday say Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun is also considering a run. He told the Plattsburgh Press Republican "it's been gnawing at me that this district might be represented by someone who really doesn't know the district."

Franklin County's Republican Party chair Ray Scollin sent a statement last night urging the party to stay united behind Stefanik."Political opportunists," he said, "are unfortunately a dime a dozen."

So far, filmmaker Aaron Woolf, who has a business in Brooklyn and a seasonal home in Elizabethtown, is the only Democrat in the race. He was unanimously endorsed by the county chairs last week.

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