Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny said that if elected he would have 12 district congressional offices, one in each county in the new 21st Congressional District.

“This district is more than 16,500 square miles. Why should I ask a person to drive more than an hour to visit their congressional staff office when they need help?” Doheny said in a press release.

Each member of Congress gets an office budget, based on factors such as the distance from Washington and number of constituents in the district. House members have a say in how the budget is allocated between staff salaries, office expenses, postage and other communication.

Doheny also said he would hold town hall meetings in each of the of the 194 municipalities in the district during the two-year term.

Doheny reiterated that if elected, he would not send out mass mailings paid for by his congressional office budget.

Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, is running against U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig.

Owens has returned a portion of his congressional office budget to reduce the federal deficit each year he has been in office.

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