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Cape Vincent resident ponders run against Owens

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CAPE VINCENT — Allen D. Dingman is considering doing something he’s never done before — run for Congress.

The 59-year-old Carthage area native and former village of Deferiet resident said he is giving the idea serious thought given the 21st Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, will be on the ballot next year.

“I think we need real people in there with enough life experience to make good, sound decisions that reflect traditional American values,” Mr. Dingman said.

Headlines of scandals and corruption not only in New York State but across the nation are a driving force behind Mr. Dingman’s interest in running for office, he said. The ongoing inappropriate photo scandal that surrounds former Rep. Anthony Weiner and the overseas business trip taken by Rep. Owens in 2011 that was reportedly funded by Taiwan lobbyists are what Mr. Dingman considers questionable actions at best.

“We need to hold these people accountable,” said Mr. Dingman, a Republican who would seek that party’s line on the ballot.

Mr. Dingman resides in Cape Vincent and has a wife, Jane, and three grown sons, Lee, Christopher and Ian.

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