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Tues. September 9, 2008: Primaries in Long Island

Update!: For primary results, go to the Board of Elections: here.

KW: I think it is so sad that if you google-news search primaries and Long Island, all you come up with is one article from Newsday (below) (which newspaper is not always a very effective media, and whose political reporters have strong biases.) Oh, well, at least someone gave the information on who was running this year. Ian and I know several of the local characters in this quiet drama. Most have their strengths and weaknesses…

NY State Assembly: Waldo Cabrera vs. Phillip Ramos (Dem. Primary)

NY State Senate: Jim McDonald vs. Tanya Galliard (Dem. Primary)

United States Congress: Robert Previdi vs. Peter King (Republican Primary) for the seat which covers areas of Nassau County and Suffolk County)

Long Island primaries feature series of rematches

…All three major party primaries revolve around rematches – Waldo Cabrera, an independent who tried to run on the Republican line two years ago…is back as a newly minted Democrat seeking the nomination in the Sixth Assembly District. He is challenging Assemblyman Philip Ramos (D-Central Islip). Ramos, seeking his fourth term, is backed by almost all the Democratic hierarchy, except Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who backs Cabrera.

Maverick Democrat James McDonald…is looking for a rematch against Republican State Senator Owen Johnson. But he has to overcome Tanya Gilliard, 35, director of Babylon’s North Amityville senior center in a Democratic primary. [Sidenote: I ran against Owen Johnson myself and was thrown off the ballot unjustly by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Anyone should be able to beat Johnson in the general, because Johnson is soooo conservative and not a great public speaker. But, because of money, power, and incumbency, probably no one will beat Johnson until he is ready to finally retire.-KW]

[Jim] McDonald says he is running because Suffolk Democratic chief Richard Schaffer won’t seriously oppose Johnson, who once helped financially bail out Babylon with state legislation when Schaffer was town supervisor.

[For United States Congress]…writer Robert Previdi…is [running against] Representative Peter King (R-Seaford)…[The district covers parts of Nassau County and Suffolk County.]

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