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Erik Dilan
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U.S. House, New York, District 7
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Erik Dilan is a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 7th Congressional District of New York.



See also: New York's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Dilan is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 7th District. He is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket and will face 12th district incumbent Nydia Velazquez, Dan O'Connor, and George Martinez in the June 26 Democratic primary.[1]

Due to Redistricting in New York, 12th district incumbent Nydia Velazquez is running in the 7th district, which includes most of her former territory, and adds some of the Lower East Side.[2] Velazquez faces three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Dilan.

Dilan, a city councilman, is seen by some as the greatest challenge to Velazquez.[3] He was encouraged to run by Vito Lopez, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and a member of the New York Assembly. Lopez wants to see Velazquez defeated, as he says she has rudely slighted him.[4] In return, Velazquez has commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."[4]

Bringing up a common theme in New York politics, Dilan has said Velazquez has "the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation."[5] Velazquez, however, has been endorsed by what one Democratic source called "the three top Jewish Democrats in the state": U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, and New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.[2] Velazquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.[3]

For his part, Dilan has responded to questions of his fundraising sources -- a significant portion come from the real estate industry, which both Dilan and Lopez influence on the city and state level -- by responding that Velazquez has received even more from banks.[6]

Martinez is a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and frequently delivers his messages in rap form. He is involved with an initiative called "Bum Rush the Vote."[7]

O'Connor is an economist by training and works in the renewable energy industry.[8]

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