New York's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 26, 2012
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.
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.
New York is one of eight states that have "electoral fusion" -- which allows more than one political party to support a common candidate. This creates a situation where one candidate will appear multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but is now commonly practiced only in New York.
Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmarking to ensure that patronage is rampant. Proponents maintain that fusion voting allows for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, allowing voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.
Candidates appearing in the general election will be listed below with colored dots corresponding to any party they will represent on the ballot.
General election candidates
June 26, 2012 primary results
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. Velazquez faced three primary challengers: Dan O'Connor, George Martinez, and Erik Dilan.
Dilan, a city councilman, was seen by some as the greatest challenge to Velazquez. He was encouraged to run by Vito Lopez, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and a member of the New York Assembly. Lopez wanted to see Velazquez defeated, as he said she has rudely slighted him. In return, Velazquez commented, "I advocate for cleaner politics, and he appoints cronies as judges."
Bringing up a common theme in New York politics, Dilan said Velazquez had "the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation." Velazquez, however, was 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. Velazquez was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.
Dilan 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 received even more from banks.
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."
O'Connor is an economist by training and works in the renewable energy industry.
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.
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.
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).
- United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2012
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- New York Times "Judge Moves Congressional Primary Date to June," January 27, 2012
- Electoral fusion ruins elections
- Working Family Party: Fusion voting
- Dan O'Connor campaign website, accessed January 27, 2012
- New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," accessed May 30, 2012
- Jewish Press "Schumer, Silver, Nadler to Endorse Velázquez, Rebuffing Anti-Zionist Charges," June 3, 2012
- Capital New York "Obama endorses Nydia Velazquez," June 15, 2012
- New York Times "With Three Spirited Primaries, Competitive Democracy Is Breaking Out," June 18, 2012
- ["http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/05/dilan-bashes-velazquez-on-israel-she-bashes-back New York Daily News "Dilan Bashes Velazquez On Israel; She Bashes Back," May 30, 2012]
- Capital New York "The congressional challenger from New York real estate," June 18, 2012
- Salon "An Occupier Eyes Congress," June 18, 2012
- Dan O'Connor campaign website "Biography," Accessed June 19, 2012
- Washington Post, "The Fix," "Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch," June 3, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"