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Karim Camara
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New York State Assembly District 43
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2005
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sXavier University
OtherNew York Theological Seminary
Personal
ProfessionExecutive Pastor, First Baptist Church of Crown Heights
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Karim Camara is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in November 2005.

Biography

Camara attended Wesley Theological Seminary, Fordham University and Alfred University. He earned his B.A. in English Literature and Chemistry from Xavier University and a M.Div from New York Theological Seminary.[1]

His professional experience includes working as a congressional intern for United States Representative Major Owens, as a director of institutional advancement for Cush Campus Schools, as an employee of the American Red Cross of Greater New York, as a student intern, as an assistant pastor and as an executive pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Camara served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Banks
Consumer Affairs and Protection
Education
Housing
Mental Health
Small Business

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Camara served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Camara served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Karim Camara was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Cartrell Gore is running on the Conservative Party ticket. Camara is also running on the Working Families Party ticket. Camara and Gore will face off in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Camara ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 43. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He defeated Stuart A. Balberg in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

New York State Assembly, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKarim Camara Incumbent 94.9% 34,561
     Republican Stuart A. Balberg 5.1% 1,840
Total Votes 36,401

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Camara ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Menachem Raitport (R) in the general election on November 2.[7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 43 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karim Camara (D) 17,293
Menachem Raitport (R) 1,538

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Camara won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 43, defeating opponent Stuart Balberg (R).[9][10]

Camara raised $46,954 for his campaign while Balberg raised $0.[11]

New York State Assembly, District 43 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karim Camara (D) 27,769
Stuart Balberg (R) 2,096

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Karim Camara is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Karim Camara raised a total of $254,094 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[12]

Karim Camara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 43 Won $90,858
2010 New York State Assembly, District 43 Won $19,570
2008 New York State Assembly, District 43 Won $46,954
2006 New York State Assembly, District 43 Won $96,712
Grand Total Raised $254,094

2012

Karim Camara won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Karim Camara raised a total of $90,858.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karim Camara's campaign in 2012
Buck, Christophe$5,000
Bloomberg, Michael R$4,100
New York State Trial Lawyers$4,100
Manhattan Beer Distributors$3,000
Time Warner Cable$2,750
Total Raised in 2012$90,858
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Camara received $19,570 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[13]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karim Camara's campaign in 2010
Ratner, Bruce C$3,000
Lipkin, Pamela$3,000
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$2,500
Dobbs, Rochelle R$1,500
Democratic For Education Reform NYS$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $19,570

2008

In 2008, a year in which Camara was up for election, he collected $46,954 in donations.[14]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $7,200
New York State Trial Lawyers $6,600
Democrats for Education Reform $3,000
New York State United Teachers $1,500
Jeh Johnson $1,500

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[15]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Camara’s endorsements included the following:[16]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Personal

Camara and his wife, Orelia, have one child.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Camara,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed August 8, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  4. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  5. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Camara, Karim" accessed September 24, 2013
  13. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  14. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Karima Camara,” accessed August 1, 2014
  15. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  16. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
Political offices
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New York Assembly District 43
2005–present
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