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An Oswego County native who now lives in Sackets Harbor has filed paperwork to become a Republican candidate for Congress.

Kellie Greene, who moved to the village after living in Arizona, filed a statement of candidacy last week with the Federal Election Commission for the November race to represent the north country in the House of Representatives 23rd District.

“That’s all I’m saying right now,” Ms. Greene said. “There will be a formal announcement of my candidacy coming in a couple of weeks.”

The seat is held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

Matthew A. Doheny, a Republican businessman, announced his candidacy in May. He lost by 1,995 votes to Mr. Owens in 2010.

Ms. Greene’s filing makes it possible, though not certain, that she will face Mr. Doheny in a primary. Both candidates still have to collect signatures to get on the ballot, which could become a more difficult proposition as the state’s process of redrawing its political boundaries drags on.

“Matt works every day to earn the endorsement of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties and the support of their members,” Mr. Doheny’s spokesman, Jude R. Seymour, said in an electronic message.

Ms. Greene has emailed some political activists in the districts, and she attended a meeting of a conservative-minded group in December.

“I wish her the best of luck,” Mr. Owens said.

For his part, Mr. Owens also filed some paperwork with the FEC. He launched a leadership political action committee called Adirondack Jobs PAC.

Adirondack Jobs can’t directly support his candidacy, but it can support other House candidates. Mr. Owens represents a district without deep pockets from which he can cull large amounts of money. He was placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Frontline” list of House candidates who need fundraising and organizational support. Mr. Owens has received fundraising help from fellow Democrats’ leadership PACs.

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