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State Senators Ritchie and Griffo endorse Doheny

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Two state Senators from Northern New York have endorsed Republican Matthew A. Doheny in the primary election for the 21st Congressional District.

Senators Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, both endorsed Mr. Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, in his third run for the seat held by retiring Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

“Matt Doheny understands what it means to be from the North Country and he’ll be a strong advocate to defend the jobs we already have at Fort Drum and throughout the region, and he’ll bring home the tools and investment we need to create even more opportunity. He’ll be a great partner in building a better and stronger future for the North Country,” Mrs. Ritchie was quoted as saying in a Doheny news release.

“Matt Doheny and I share similar beliefs: We both support pro-growth policies that reduce red tape on businesses, support lower taxes and responsible budgeting and oppose bills that impinge on our Second Amendment rights. He will be a great advocate for our area in Washington — and I’m pleased to give him my support,” Mr. Griffo said.

Mr. Doheny, who will face fellow Republican Elise M. Stefanik in a June 24 primary, cited the endorsement as evidence of the support his campaign is garnering as part of its final push ahead of Tuesday’s election.

“As the campaign enters the final weekend,the endorsements and support of great local leaders like Senators Ritchie and Griffo is building energy for our grassroots campaign,” Mr. Doheny said in the release. “I’m so proud to have their support, we share a deep commitment to the region and if elected I will be their partner in Washington fighting for jobs and investment for the North Country.”

Mr. Doheny has been endorsed by the New York state Independence Party and Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party.

Democrat Aaron G. Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello are also in the race.

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