It’s been called the ugliest senate race in the country… The Mississippi Republican runoff between 7 term incumbent Thad Cochran, and challenger Chris McDaniel came down to a vote Tuesady. Cochran wins by a close margin.. In New York, Congressman Charles Rangel’s 22-terms in Congress could be decided by a very small number and is too close to call. and in 21st district, Elise Stefank has won her contest against Matt Doheny by nearly 20% more votes over Matt Doheny.
Here we take a look at both candidates in their own words;
Matt Doheny, 43, is a sixth generation resident of the North Country. He was raised in Jefferson County and graduated from Alexandria Central Schools. Today, he owns and operates his business and is raising his family in the North Country.
Matt is a proven business leader who turned his North Country roots into an American success story. After paying his own way through college and law school (Alleghany College and Cornell University Law School), Matt left working as an attorney in Syracuse for an entry level job in the business world. Matt rose through the ranks to Senior Management where he was ultimately responsible for managing a team of 130 individuals who under his leadership rescued and turned around large troubled companies.
In 2010, Matt started his own business, North Country Capital LLC, based in Watertown, NY. Here he has been successful in consulting with and working to help small businesses grow and expand. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors of several well known companies, such as Yellow Trucking and Kodak.
A firm believer in passing on his business knowledge to the next generation, Matt has taught finance and business courses at both Clarkson University and Jefferson Community College. Committed to giving back to his community, Matt is a member of the Flower Memorial Library Board of Directors and the Italian-American Civic Association, he supports many local hospitals and non-profit agencies and he sponsors college scholarships.
Matt is also a member of the Jefferson County Republican Committee and he is proud to have worked to help elect several public officials across the North Country who share his passion for giving back and serving their communities.
Matt and his wife, Mary, reside in Watertown with their 10-month-old son, Declan.
Elise Stefanik is a small businesswoman who works in North Country sales, marketing and management for Premium Plywood Products, Inc., her family’s company that was founded in Upstate New York over twenty years ago.
Growing up in a small business family, Elise learned, lived, and understands the values of hard work, perseverance, difficulties, and risk that go along with building, operating, and growing an Upstate small business that provides jobs in today’s challenging economy. With over one thousand customers, Premium Plywood Products is one of the largest wholesale distributors of hardwood plywoods and specialty wood products in Upstate New York. Premium Plywood Products’ materials are in Upstate New York homes, schools, businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, community centers, military bases and more.
Prior to her work at her family’s company, Elise has served in a variety of roles in public policy in Upstate New York and nationally.
Elise most recently served as Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan where she oversaw all debate preparations for the Republican Vice Presidential nominee. She served as Director of Communications for the Foreign Policy Initiative, which launched Defending Defense, a coalition of think tanks warning of the dangers of the sequester. Prior to her think tank work, she served as the Policy Director for Governor Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign.
From 2006 – 2009, Elise served in the West Wing of the White House as part of President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Chief of Staff’s office where she assisted in overseeing the policy development process on all economic and domestic policy issues.
As the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college, Elise graduated with Honors from Harvard University where she was only one of three women honored with the Women’s Leadership Award. She served on the Student Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the largest political undergraduate organization.
Elise was born and raised in Upstate New York and has worked on numerous campaigns at the State, Congressional, Senate and Presidential level – including in New York State dating back to her days volunteering for the Republican State Committee while in high school. She lives in Willsboro, NY.