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Harrison 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Harrison and Westchester.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Harrison is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race, issue and candidate in town.

Here are a handful that residents are already talking about:

Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D,WF-37th Senate District) will this fall, opening a senate seat she has held for 28 years. Oppenheimer made the announcement in January, citing an upcoming shoulder surgery. Republican Bob Cohen, who came within a small margin of upsetting Oppenheimer in 2010, has already announced  again. Cohen has accepted the GOP nomination for the seat, but will still likely face a primary against fellow Republican and North Castle Councilwoman Diane DiDonato Roth. 

On the other side, Democrat Assemblymen George Latimer has announced .

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester) is seeking re-election on the heels of her 19 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the past two years, Lowey has served the 18th district, a swath that come November. If elected, Lowey would then pick up Mt. Kisco and all of Rockland County, and overall see the newly-crafted 17th shift further north. The GOP choice to face her? Joe Carvin faces a primary challenge June 26 against Jim Russell.

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Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C, I - Goldens Bridge) is seeking re-election to the New York State Assembly. Castelli currently occupies the 89th district seat, which will become the 93rd district during the next term. Castelli, who is serving his first full term as the Republican Assemblyman,  Democrat David Buchwald, a White Plains attorney and town councilman. The new district represents Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, Pound Ridge, Harrison and part of White Plains. It also picked up North Salem in the redistricting process. 

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Incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will face off against the GOP pick. The GOP primary is June 26; Bob Turner, the public servant who grabbed Anthony Wiener's seat and then had it redistricted out from under him, is already running against Gillibrand.

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As the race for the White House heats up and commandeers headlines, Patch will focus on how the nation election affects local residents. While president Barack Obama faces off with his republican challenger, we'll keep communities engaged with stories and polls . We'll also be tracking the Republican primaries, which come to a close in June 26.

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Patch readers have a unique opportunity to become involved this elections cycle, beyond news tips and comments. If you're serious about a certain post, candidate or issue, use our blogging feature to connect with other residents and sound-off on the political stage. To get started, click here. ( and Orangetown supervisor Andy Stewart already have blogs.)

Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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