Matt Doheney is competing for the Northern New York Seat in Congress and on Haloween he spent the day heading from town hall to town hall in Franklin County. We asked him to speak with us during his visit to the Town of Franklin Town Offices. Our first question – on his view of the differences between himself and Congressman Owens.
Doheney, tells us He’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work in Congress. Doheney is running on the Republican,Independence and Conservative party lines.. He says he’s “spent the past year shaking the hands of thousands across the North Country, looking them square in the eye, and asking for the chance to serve them in Congress,” According to his campaign, Doheny plans to cover as much of the 17,000 square miles of the district’s twelve counties in the seven remaining days of the election as possible. He kicked off the “Ready to Roll” tour with 19 stops in all 19 towns in Franklin County. During his stop in the Town of Franklin, he spent time with us at a conference table in the center of the administrative offices, with an audience of about 10 supporters.
One of the questions we like to ask all of the candidates we interview in this region.. is their impression of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and the work they do in the Adirondacks. The Farm Bill, or the lack of a new Farm Bill, to be more specific, is causing headaches for New York’s farmers, and here in the North Country, farming is a big deal for voters considering their choice for congress.. We took the opportunity to ask Mr Doheney about his thoughts on agriculture in the North Country. The Northern Boarder presents it’s own specific issues, most especially the relationship between the North Country and our neighbors to the North in Canada..
Mr Doheny is 42, he was raised in the north country, graduated from high school here and lives here. His father, Richard, was a traveling salesman; his mom, Kay, stayed at home with Matt and his younger brother, Mark. She still lives in the Alexandria Bay home where the boys were raised. Matt says his parents didn’t have a lot of money for college, so Matt paid for his undergraduate degree at Allegheny College with student loans. While at Allegheny, he made the school’s football and hockey teams and was elected student body president. After graduating in 1992, he received a partial scholarship from Cornell University’s law school. He earned his law degree in 1995. He practiced law in Syracuse after college, but decided that path wasn’t for him. He jumped into the business world, working his way up from the bottom to become Deutsche Bank’s managing director for distressed assets. Matt managed more than 130 individuals. He helped purchase large troubled companies and restructure them so they could once again operate independently. In 2010 Doheney started his own company, North Country Capital LLC. The company lends start-up funds to entrepreneurs who don’t have access to traditional funding streams. It also provides working capital to existing businesses to help them grow. Matt and his wife, Mary, were married June 30, 2012 in Alexandria Bay. In 2010, Matt was the Republican and Independence parties’ candidate in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. He lost the general election by 1,995 votes – one of the ten closest House races that year – in a three-way race.
Our conversation continued – and because we were meeting in the Town of Franklin Town Offices, I asked Mr Doheney what he was going to do for Franklin. InNew York, Governor Cuomo supporting the race to the top initiative - In his State of the State Address, he said this state is facing a crisis in our education system and how we hold our schools accountable for their performance in educating our children. Cuomo continued by saying We have a system that protects the massive education bureaucracy rather than focusing on investing in our classrooms. One of the tasks set forth by the original Race to the Top competition was simple to design a teacher evaluation system that holds teachers accountable for their performance. Cuomo says Without a doubt, the system the state designed to accomplish this goal has been a failure. We asked Mr Doheney to give his insight into this issue.
The Candidate answers all of our questions in the K&J show – He’s also the Republican,Independence and Conservative parties candidate in the new 21st Congressional District race.