Election Day, September 9th — You Did Know About the Primary? Right?

| September 8, 2008 | 1 Comment

According to the Gotham Gazette:

As most of America focuses on the presidential election, New Yorkers have a local primary to think about. People in other states can mull who would be better able revitalize a shaky economy and cope with chaos in Pakistan, while New Yorkers get to consider whether the Rainbow Rebellion deserves more power in the Bronx and rivalries in the Chinese community in Flushing.

As in every even-numbered year, the entire State Senate and State Assembly, as well as all members of Congress, and a number of judges and party functionaries must face the voters. Because Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans in many city districts, the key contests for a number of positions could come in the Sept. 9 primary and not in the Nov. 4 general election.


As usual, most incumbents do not face serious challenges. For example, only two of the city’s 13 congressional districts offer primaries, and no legislative seats from Staten Island even appear on the ballot. Unless they live on Staten Island or in a sliver of Brooklyn, Republicans have nothing to vote for.

That said, the ballot this month does offer some important contests. The Bronx features a number of races, individual battles in the wider fight for control of the county party organization. Voters from both parties will select nominees to run in November for what has been the city’s only Republican congressional seat. And a handful of competitive State Senate races will set the stage for the showdown in November — when Democrats will try to wrest the state Senate from Republican control.

The Gotham Gazette offers a complete guide to the primary. For links to their articles on every competitive race for Congress, State Senate and State Assembly from New York City, click here.

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  1. MellieNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for posting this. I just had a couple friends ask me “what am I voting for tomorrow (Tuesday)”

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