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Hot Races Update

There are several hot 2012 races in NYC for the primary ballot on September 13th and the general election November 6th.  See below for a list of districts and candidates. Are you supporting one of these candidates?  We want to hear from you! Email Political Director Richard Wallner at (replace -at- w/@).

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1. State Senate District 33:  Incumbent Democrat Gustavo Rivera, who beat the corrupt Pedro Espada in 2012, is now being challenged in the primary by Manny Tavarez, a former sports agent who is against a woman's right to choose and against gay marriage. Click here for the DFNYC page on this race.

2. Assembly District 76:  Currently represented by Peter Rivera. We'll have a page on this race soon.



1. State Senate District 31:  This seat is currently represented by Adriano Espaillat, who challenged Charlie Rangel in the Democratic primary on June 26th. (CD 13, the old 15th). That race went into overtime, and the BOE recently declared Rangel the winner.  Espaillat is running again for the State Senate, as he turned in enough signatures by the July 12th deadline.  Guillermo Linares is also running.  Click here for the DFNYC page on this race.

2. State Senate District 27:  Incumbent Tom Duane announced his retirement in June.  There are three candidates on the ballot for the September 13th primary: Tom Greco, Brad Hoylman and Tankia Inlaw. Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.

3. Surrogate Court Manhattan:  Kristin Booth Glen, the current Surrogate, must resign at the end of the year as she has reached the mandatory retirement age. Two candidates are competing against each other in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13th. Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.

4.  Assembly District 72:  Incumbent Assemblyman  Guillermo Linares is challenging Adriano Espaillat for the State Senate in SD 31, see above.  The candidates on the ballot to replace Linares in the 72nd AD include Mayra Linares (the current Assemblymember’s daughter) and also Gabriela Rosa, Melanie Hidalgo, and Ruben Vargas. Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.



1. Assembly District 50: Democratic District Leader.  Lincoln Restler, incumbent District Leader (Williamsburg area) is being challenged by Chris Olechowski. Click here for DFNYC's page about this race.


2.  State Senate District 22:  Democrat Andrew Gounardes is challenging incumbent Republican State Senator Marty GoldenClick here for DFNYC's page on this race.


3.  Assembly District 57:  Incumbent Hakeem Jeffries is running for Congress; there are several candidates mentioned for his assembly seat.  Click here for more info.  

4.  Assembly District 45: Incumbent Democrat Steven Cymbrowitz faces a primary challenge from Ben Akselrod. This is a seat that could go Republican in November. Click here for more info on this race.

5.  State Senate District 18:  Incumbent Democrat Martin Dilan is being challenged in the primary by Jason Otaño.  Click here for more info on this race.


Staten Island


Congressional District 11:  Democrat Mark Murphy is challenging incumbent Republican Michael Grimm for the Congressional seat that includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. (This is the old 13th District.) Click here for DFNYC's page on this race.



1.  Congressional District 6:  Congressman Gary Ackerman is retiring

~ DFNYC has endorsed Grace Meng ~

Click here (pdf) for the LATFOR map of the district.

Assemblywoman Grace Meng won the competitive Democratic primary on June 26th.  Her Republican opponent will be City Councilman Dan Halloran.  DFNYC proudly endorsed Grace Meng in June and we'll be posting volunteer opportunities on our website. In the meantime, click here for NY Daily News coverage of this race by Irvin DeJohn & Lisa Colangelo.

2. Assembly District 40 (the old 22nd): Now that Grace Meng has won the primary for the Congressional seat, there is an election for her Assembly seat.  Possible candidates include Democrats Ron Kim (who has the backing of the Queens machine), Ethel Chen, Isaac Sasson and John Scandalios, as well as Republicans Phil Gim and Sunny Hahn.  Click here for Colin Campbell's post at the Politicker blog.