Douglas L. Hoffman confirmed Tuesday that he will seek Republican and Conservative endorsements for an Assembly run in November.
Mr. Hoffman, a Lake Placid accountant, ran for Congress in 2009 and 2010, coming up just short in the general in 2009 in the Republican primary in 2010. He said he is still keeping his options open for a congressional run in 2012.
“However, due to the time constraints and in order to keep both options open to me, I am going forward to try to secure the Republican and Conservative endorsements for the Assembly race,” Mr. Hoffman said in an email.“If I do get the endorsements, I will commit to the Assembly race and discontinue any Congressional endeavor.”
Mr. Hoffman’s potential Assembly candidacy would hearten the campaign of Matthew A. Doheny, a Watertown businessman who is looking to secure the Republican and Conservative nominations in November to take on Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Mr. Doheny’s 2010 effort to unseat Mr. Owens failed by just under 2,000 votes; Mr. Hoffman’s presence on the Conservative line is often blamed for the margin of defeat, and Mr. Doheny is doing everything he can to avoid a repeat of the split on the right.
A congressional primary would take place on June 26, and the legal preparations for the run begin on March 20, presenting an extremely crunched timeframe to launch a congressional run, particularly given the endorsements that Mr. Doheny has racked up and the prep work he has done. He barely took a break from campaigning after his 2010 run, while Mr. Hoffman’s congressional campaign is still mired in debt.
Kellie Greene, a Sackets Harbor resident, is also seeking the Republican and Conservative nods.
Mr. Hoffman’s Assembly announcement comes one day after a legislative task force redrawing the state lines kept to the status quo for the Assembly seat he lives in. The proposal for the north country district currently represented by Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward, R-Willsboro, includes Essex County, Warren County and parts of Washington and Saratoga counties.
The Glens Falls Post-Star reported Tuesday that Mr. Hoffman has been endorsed by the committee in Essex County’s most populous town in the crowded field. Republican leaders there are hoping to rally around one candidate via a weighted endorsement process, the Post-Star reported.