SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Doug Hoffman, a prominent North Country businessman and CPA has announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party endorsement for Congress in New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 23rd District.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a fiscal conservative,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Hoffman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe in cutting taxes and spending. My views on terrorism, the economy, health care, the Second Amendment and a host of other issues closely mirror the views of the voters and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m running. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m entering the race because the voters deserve more than a left wing Nancy Pelosi clone or a big spending Albany politician whose views are closer to Shelly SilverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s than they are to the voters of the 23rd Congressional District. We need a member of Congress who understands that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t solve a recession with increased government spending and higher taxes. We need a member of Congress who understands that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t create new jobs by enacting onerous government regulations and bureaucratic red tape.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Hoffman is a managing partner with Dragon Benware Crowley & Co., P.C. The firm has six locations from Malone to Watertown, including Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. A conservative Republican, Hoffman seeks to replace U.S. Rep. John McHugh, who has been nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army. Once that Presidential appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Governor David Paterson will call for a special election to fill the vacant seat.
Hoffman has spent most of his 59 years in the North Country, living in both Franklin and Essex counties. He graduated from Saranac Lake High School and North Country Community College; attended college in Canton; received his BachelorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree from the State University at Plattsburgh and a MasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been a practicing CPA for 32 years,Ã¢â‚¬Â stated Hoffman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“During my career IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve learned the inner working of the Tax Code, but, more importantly, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come to understand the effect that taxes have on the everyday citizens; the dreams that have been destroyed and the burden theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve placed on the backs of the average American. My business and life experience has given me great insight into the struggles that North Country residents face to pay their bills, meet their payrolls and raise their families.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The lone candidate with a record of job creation, Hoffman, the patriarch of Hoffman Family Enterprises, is responsible for creating 35 jobs, directly and indirectly, in the professional, service and tourism industries around Northern New York.
Hoffman and his wife Carol (Torrance) have been married for 36 years and have three children, Ashleah, Douglas Torrance and Taylor.