The two Republican candidates who hope to unseat U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in this fall's election will debate before the June 26 primary.
Kellie Greene hand-delivered a debate challenge to campaign staffers at Matt Doheny's Watertown headquarters on Monday afternoon. Greene told the Enterprise she wants voters to see both candidates side-by-side before they head to the polls for the Republican primary.
Owens faces several challengers for his seat, which is currently the 23rd Congressional District but will expand to include parts of the southern Adirondacks and become the 21st District next year. Greene and Doheny became the sole Republican challengers after Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman announced he wouldn't run earlier this year. Donald Hassig of Colton is running on the Green Party line.
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Doheny's campaign responded to Greene's challenge shortly after she delivered it.
"We thank Kellie for her interest," Jude Seymour, spokesman for Doheny, said in a press release. "We look forward to a spirited discussion of the issues that those in the North Country, Adirondacks and Capital Region face every day."
Both sides say they want to debate, although no dates or times have been set.
Greene said in a press release that with the primary date looming, voters are "beginning to take a more scrupulous look" at the candidates.
"I look forward to a spirited and lively debate with my competitor," Greene wrote. "I believe Mr. Doheny realizes I will out perform him in a debate on the issues, but more importantly, that I will actually pursue and accomplish a conservative agenda in Congress."