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Allan W. Jennings Jr.
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U.S. House, New York, District 5
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Allan W. Jennings Jr. was a 2012 Democratic and Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of New York. He lost in the general election.[1]

He is a former New York City Council member from Queens, and was disciplined and fined by the council on sexual harassment charges in 2005.[2]



See also: New York's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Jennings ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 5th District. He sought the nomination on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. He faced 6th district incumbent Gregory Meeks, Mike Scala, and Joseph Marthone in the June 26 Democratic primary. He lost to Meeks in the primary and so ran in the general as a Republican.[3][4] Meeks defeated Jennings in the general election.[1]

A former city councilman, Jennings also ran in the Republican primary, where he was unopposed. He considered himself to be willing to "work with anybody who’s going to help this district," which he said set him apart from Meeks.[5]

At a forum in early June, the three challengers and a representative of Meeks discussed issues of importance. Jennings called for an end to the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy. Marthone pledged to fight hydrofracking and airplane noise pollution. Scala criticized Meeks for supporting the Budget Control Act, which took away subsidized loans for graduate students.[5] Meeks was busy in Washington at the time of the forum, but his representative said that most of the issues brought up were city and state issues, not national ones -- indicating that the challengers were not prepared for federal politics.[5]

U.S. House, New York District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Meeks Incumbent 74.8% 167,835
     Republican Allan Jennings Jr. 8% 17,875
     Libertarian Catherine Wark 0.6% 1,345
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 16.7% 37,453
Total Votes 224,508
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGregory W. Meeks Incumbent 66.2% 8,507
Allan Jennings 13.3% 1,712
Mike Scala 11% 1,417
Joseph Marthone 9.5% 1,217
Total Votes 12,853

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Jennings's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Jennings lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Jennings's campaign committee raised a total of $16,812 and spent $16,352.[6]

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