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Change a hot item at GOP clambake

October 21, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - With only a couple of weeks left until Election?Days, local Republicans gathered Saturday at the Johnstown Moose Family Center for the "RepubliCANS and Clams" clambake.

Republican candidates discussed their campaigns, along with issues of local and national significance.

Among those in attendance were State Sen. Hugh T. Farley, State Supreme Court Judges Joseph M. Sise and John Ellis, Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, State Supreme Court judge candidates Thomas Buchanan and Felix Catena, Congressional candidate Matt Doheny and Gloversville City Court judge candidate Traci DiMezza.

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Matt Doheny, a Republican Congressional candidate, speaks at the “RepubliCANS and Clams” clambake at the Johnstown Moose Family Center on?Saturday.
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The candidates seeking election and re-election spoke about the need for change and thanked everyone who helped them with their campaigns.

Doheny is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat, for the new 21st congressional district that includes Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Doheny told his fellow Republicans can make a change in a new district.

"Right here in the 21st [district], we have a unique opportunity. We can go ahead, and not only flip the seat, but give another vote for some common sense, another vote for being a fiscal conservative and another vote to turn our country into the right direction," Doheny said. "And you can all help."

The candidates also talked about how they will spend the next two-plus weeks of the campaign going door-to-door to discuss issues with the residents in their district.

The candidates also expressed gratitude for the people who attended out Saturday, and said events where they get to meet the public are very important to them.

Butler said Republican candidates are pleased with how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign is going, because it is helping the entire party.

"His success and what he's done; Republicans are energized. They're gonna be involved. They're going to come out and vote," Butler said. "That's going to offer well for all the Republican candidates. I appreciate the job he's doing, and I think it's great for all of us."



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