New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New York's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 26, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Nydia Velazquez Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Joseph Crowley Democratic Party
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New York U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th congressional district of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 7th congressional district prior to the 2011 redistricting.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline April 16, 2012. On January 27, 2012, Judge Gary Sharpe moved the primary date from September 11, 2012 to June 26, 2012 in order to allow for sufficient time to send absentee ballots to military voters.[1]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Joseph Crowley (D), who was first elected to the House in 1998. Due to redistricting, Crowley will run in the new 14th district, and 12th district incumbent Nydia Velazquez will run in the 7th.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Nydia Velazquez Green check mark transparent.png
Conservative Party James Murray


June 26, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No Republican candidates have declared an intent to run

Conservative Party Conservative candidate

Working Families Party Working Families candidate


Race background

Democratic primary

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.[4] Velazquez faces three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Erik Dilan.

Dilan, a city councilman, is seen by some as the greatest challenge to Velazquez.[5] 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.[6] In return, Velazquez has commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."[6]

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."[7] 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.[4] Velazquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.[5]

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.[8]

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."[9]

O'Connor is an economist by training and works in the renewable energy industry.[10]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New York

Following the results of the 2010 Census, New York lost two congressional seats, bringing its total number of representatives down from 29 to 27.

The newly redrawn 7th includes most of 12th district incumbent Nydia Velazquez's territory, along with a large chunk of the Lower East Side.[4]

According to a report in the Washington Post political blog "The Fix," New York was one of the top 10 redistricting battles in the nation.[11]

District history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Joseph Crowley was re-elected to the United States House for a seventh term. He defeated Kenneth A. Reynolds (R who also ran on the Conservative Party ticket), and Anthony Gronowicz (Green).[12]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Crowley Incumbent 72.7% 71,247
     Republican Kenneth A. Reynolds 16.5% 16,145
     Blank/Scattering 9.7% 9,541
     Green 1.1% 1,038
Total Votes 97,971

See also

References