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Karim Camara

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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$171/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 2005 after winning a special election.

Biography

Camara attended Wesley Theological Seminary, Fordham University, and Alfred University. He earned a BA in English Literature and Chemistry from Xavier University and a MDiv 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

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. [2][3]

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.[4]

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

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

Camara raised $46,954 for his campaign while Balberg raised $0.[5]

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

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Camara received $19,570 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

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.[7]

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

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Camara’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

Camara and his wife, Orelia, have one child.

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