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Watertown Republican Matt Doheny is running for Congress. He announced his candidacy in the 21st District race, forcing a GOP primary with Elise Stefanik.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- In an interview the day Matt Doheny declared he will run for Congress again, he addressed what happened between election night 2012 and now that led him to change his mind and get back into the race.

Doheny talked about his family and its future, and the news that shocked him as much as anyone else, Bill Owens announcing he's retiring.

"It presented an entirely, entirely different situation. It's an open seat as they say," Doheny said.

Doheny says if Owens was seeking re-election, he would not have tried again. A fact especially true because Owens had shown such a moderate viewpoint that attracted voters.

But because he kept getting calls and texts from supporters, the open seat forced him and his wife to consider everything, including if the time away from family would be worth it.

"At the end of the day, we live here. We want to make it better. We want to have more opportunities or any opportunities that Declan wants, we want to make sure they're provided here," Doheny said, referring to his son.

The family discussions were about his belief, especially as a potential member of the majority, that he could help with a variety of issues, the economy, local unemployment, money for the district, concerns with the Affordable Care Act.

"I talked about it everyday in 2012 and unfortunately a lot of the things I've said came true, unfortunately. I wish it wasn't the case," Doheny said about the act he calls very unpopular, yet not as unpopular as Congress itself.

But also considered was whether or not he wanted the past to come up again. The 2012 election was rough with a no-holds-barred attitude.

Even after the election there was a Department of Labor claim from a former staffer and there's an open dispute about 2012 campaign debt. It's an issue he says campaign council hopes to clear soon.

He's been labeled as someone too aggressive, too interested in a title, someone with "frat boy" tendencies.

He says it was a family concern no matter how unfair some labels have been. But along the way, the entire process has taught him a few things.

"Two tough losses, it definitely makes a person more humble. I can assure you of that. That's never a bad thing for a person who's been successful to be reminded that humility is only one step away."

On Thursday, Time Warner Cable News will have more of his interview with Matt Doheny, including his thoughts on what appears to be huge primary with GOP Committee choice Elise Stefanik

WATCH: Matt Doheny sits down with TWC News


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WATCH: Report Brian Dwyer discusses the implications of Doheny's announcement on the 21st District race.
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