Watertown Matt Doheny announced his bid for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat Feb. 19.
“I was honored that more than 120,000 voters chose me to represent them during the last election,” said Doheny in a press release. “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.
“I’ve made a career out of finding ways to create growth opportunities, turn troubled companies around, balance budgets and protect American jobs,” added the 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.”