Matt Doheny plans to visit 50 businesses in New York's new 21st Congressional District in 50 days.
The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, announced last week that he'll begin his tour on July 9 and finish Aug. 27. Doheny said in a prepared statement that jobs are the "single-most important concern of the residents of this district."
Doheny, a businessman from Watertown, said job opportunities are scarce in the North Country. He said high taxes and government regulations have kept businesses "on the sidelines."
In an interview with the Enterprise, Doheny said the tour will focus on job creators in six areas: tourism, manufacturing, service economy, agriculture, high tech and health care.
"Because it's such a darn big district, we're going to use the tour as a vehicle to highlight the industries, highlight the businesses and use it as an opportunity for me to learn all of the different industries all over the vast 21st (District)," he said.
Meanwhile, Owens will march in several Fourth of July parades, including the "Best Fourth in the North" one in Ticonderoga. He will travel to Malone on Friday to meet with constituents, and will hold two call-in town hall events.
Green Party candidate Donald Hassig will also hit the road this summer. He said in an email he plans to visit communities Wednesday, including Saranac Lake.
"In the spirit of loving freedom and knowing the price of freedom, I persevere in working to break the power that corporations have over our government," Hassig said.