Common knowledge is democratic primaries decide general election results, especially in majority democratic districts. This year will be no exception. The primary on September 14 will decide November’s Democratic nominee in contested elections. Attorney GeneralFive accomplished Democrats are running for the state’s top law enforcement spot. They are Assembly member Richard Brodsky, trial attorney and former Navy Officer Sean Coffy, former Insurance Commissioner Eric R. Dinallo, Nassau County DA Kathleen M. Rice, and State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman.United States SenatorKirsten E. Gillibrand, appointed by Governor Paterson to complete Hillary Clinton’s term, is being challenged by attorney Gail Goode.Representative in Congress – 10th Congressional DistrictKevin Powell is mounting his second challenge to 27 year incumbent Edolphus Towns.
State SenateVelmanette Montgomery (18th District) is being challenged by attorney Mark H. Pollard
Kevin Parker (21st District) challenged by business owner Wellington Sharpe. AssemblyInez Barron (40th District) challenged by Kenneth Evans32 year incumbent Rhoda Jacobs (42nd District) is being challenged by Michele N. AdolpheJoan Millman (52nd District) Doug Biviano Many of this year’s hotly contested races are for Male and Female District Leader. Though an unpaid position, District Leader has several functions, including GOTV activities, designating candidates for judgeships and other positions in local government, and appointing election day poll workers, and community advocacy. District Leader (Male)40th AD: Andre T. Mitchell, founder of Man Up, Inc. And Hip Hop Stand Up and Vote is challenging incumbent Earl L. Williams 58th AD: Kendall Stewart did not make the ballot. Former Brooklyn Election Commissioner Weyman A. Carey and Cory Provost are running for the seat.
District Leader (Female)40th AD: Incumbent Carol Faison (40th AD) challenged by Assembly member Inez Barron.42nd AD: Incumbent Mary Hobson was knocked off the ballot by challenger Rodneyse Bichotte. Natasha Holiday is also running for the position. 43rd AD: Tessa Hackett-Viera is challenging incumbent Shirley M. Patterson. 55th AD: The open seat was vacated by Kamaria Boyland, Assemblymen William Boyland’s wife. It is being sought by Council member Darlene Mealy and Latrice Monique Walker, Community Development Policy Analyst to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.57th Incumbent Olanike Alabi is being challenged by Renee T. Collymore.Voters should be aware they will be casting votes on new ballot scanning machines. Instead of clicking a lever, voters will make their selections on a paper ballot, by marking circles with a pen. The completed paper ballot will be scanned into a machine, which will tally the vote. The ballot has a paper trail which can be referenced in the event of a re-count. Bring your pen and your glasses to the polling site!