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|U.S. House, New York, District 5|
Scala is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 5th District. He is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket and is one of three candidates challenging incumbent Gregory Meeks in the June 26 Democratic primary.
Jennings is also running in the Republican primary, where he is unopposed. He considers himself to be willing to "work with anybody who’s going to help this district," which he says sets him apart from Meeks.
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. 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.
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