Patricia M. Maher

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Patricia Maher
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 2
Elections and appointments
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Patricia Maher is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New York.[1]

Maher was a candidate for County Legislator in 2011. She won the Democratic Primary by 60%, but lost the general election to a 16 year Republican Incumbent.



See also: New York's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Maher is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 2nd District. Maher is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Maher ran for Nassau County Legislator in 2011. She won the Democratic Primary by 60% against a former Supreme Court Justice and came closer to beating the 16 year Republican than any other candidate. She is a Civic Activist and President of the Merrick Avenue Civic Association and a graduate of Hofstra University with a Master's Degree. Patricia comes from a not-for-profit background, having been the Director of Development and Community Education for both Nassau and Suffolk Counties in charge of educating the public about seizure disorders.

      • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 29, 2014***

Patricia Maher says opponent Peter King is too little, too late on gun control

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Amityville, NY.    Patricia Maher, Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, says that her opponent Rep. Peter King has been “too little, too late” on gun control.  While King earlier this week condemned the deadly shooting in Santa Barbara and in the aftermath co-sponsored an amendment to boost funding for states to conduct background checks on gun purchasers, the fact is throughout his 22 year tenure, King’s voting record only serves to demonstrate his hypocrisy on gun control.

In 1999, King voted for a bill in Congress (HR 2122) that would have decreased the gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. “King was busy trying to lessen the time a National Instant Criminal Background Check System could be done,” said Maher.

In 2003, King voted against allowing lawsuits against gun retailers who negligently provide guns that cause harm caused by unlawful misuse, to include criminals. (HR 1036) And in 2005, King voted to prohibit suing gun manufacturers and sellers for damages resulting from gun misuse. (Bill S 397, 2005-534). The very lucrative weapons industry was driven to the financial brink in 2005 by victims' lawsuits. But the NRA and Peter King shielded gun makers from all liability lawsuits, including nullifying cases already before the courts.

“The demographics of King’s district have changed and now suddenly he has a conscience with regard to gun control. Okay that’s good, but what he’s done for 22 years in Congress is why he should be voted out of office this year,” said Maher. “The safety of our children should have been paramount throughout King’s 22 year career through consistent and tougher gun control.”

“The tragic acts committed by those with mental illnesses, as with the recent California rampage could have been prevented if tougher and consistent federal gun control legislation had been supported by King and other members of the GOP House majority,” said Maher.

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About Patricia: Patricia is the designated Democratic Candidate in the 2nd Congressional District for Nassau and Suffolk County. She comes from a not-for-profit background having been the Director of Development and Community Education whose mission was to educate the public about seizure disorders. A graduate of both Hofstra University and the University of South Carolina, Patricia is running for Congress to better represent all of the residents of the newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District of New York.

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