On Thursday, July 16, Party designating petitions were filed at the New York City Board of Elections.
The following is a report listing the upcoming contested Primaries, based on the petitions filed. The list will be modified as candidates withdraw and/or removed from the ballot. There also may have been some errors made in compiling the list.
I am including some commentary where I know something about the races. I apologize to all candidates who I might be shortchanging in my description or lack of a description of them. I encourage anybody who knows more about these candidates to add something via the comments.
In cases where districts cross Borough lines, I’m listing the race in the borough where I see them listed first.
The known candidates for the 3 Citywide positions – Comptroller Bill Thompson & Councilman Tony Avella for Mayor; Councilmembers Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, former Advocate Mark Green & former candidate Norman Siegel for Public Advocate; Councilmembers John Liu, Melinda Katz, Mark Weprin & David Yassky all filed petitions.
But they weren’t the only ones.
Former nuisance candidates Jose Adames, Roland Rogers & Jimmy McMillan filed for Mayor, Imitaz Syed filed for Public Advocate and Salim Ejaz filed for Comptroller.
Though I haven’t looked at any petitions, I can say with confidence based on many years of observing petitions filed by fringe candidates for citywide office, that none of them submitted the required 7,500 signatures of registered Democrats.
That does not mean that they will be removed from the ballot. In the past, the major Democratic candidates have refused to challenge petitions by such candidates because of their belief in the myth that doing so will disqualify them from getting the endorsement of the New York Times and Citizens Union.
Somebody filed petitions to oppose Mayor Bloomberg is the Republican Primary! It is Walter Iwachiw, who tried to run as the Green Party candidate in the past.
Unlike my comments about the fringe Democratic candidates, I have no doubt that Iwachiw will be removed from the ballot as the Bloomberg campaign knows from their past campaigns that challenging such candidates does not disqualify them from getting the endorsement of the New York Times and Citizens Union.
All 3 candidates – former Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder & former Assistant DAs Richard Aborn & Cyrus Vance, Jr. submitted petitions.
4 candidates filed against Councilman Alan Gerson. They are former Council candidates Margaret Chin & Peter Gleason, community board member P.J. Kim (though he is listed as Jin H. Kim) and Arthur Gregory.
Incumbent Rosie Mendez is opposed by former Assembly candidate Juan Pagan
Council Speaker Christine Quinn has 2 opponents – former Community Board Chair Maria Passanante-Derr & Lesbian attorney Yetta Kurland.
5 candidates filed against Councilman Robert Jackson. They are former Council candidate Victor Armando Bernace, Juan Erazo, Felix Jerez, Manuel Lantigua and Fred Masson.
6 candidates filed against Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito in this district that is partially in the Bronx. They are former candidates Edward Gibbs & Francisco Spies, former community board Chair Robert Rodriguez and Gwen Goodwin, Thomas Santiago & Calvin Solomon.
Councilwoman Inez Dickens has 2 opponents – Carlton Berkley & Landon Dais.
The race to succeed recently convicted former Councilman Miguel Martinez has 8 candidates at the moment. They are former Councilmember Guillermo Linares, former Council candidates Ydanis Rodriguez (supported by Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat( & Francesca Castellanos, Community Board Chair Manny Velazquez and Luis Facundo, Richard Realmuto, Cleofis Sarete & Ruben Dario Vargas.
2 candidates filed for Civil Court in the 3rd Judicial District. Each is a lawyer in private practice who has been active in local politics. Lynn Kottler is the former President of the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and Anna Lewis is a former Democratic District Leader.
64th AD, Part B
Female District Leader Alice Cancel is being challenged by former Leader Norma Ramirez, while Male Leader John Quinn faces David Diaz.
64th AD, Part C
Paul Newell, who unsuccessfully ran against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last year is running for District Leader against Avram Solomon Turkel (who is backed by Councilman Alan Gerson)
66th AD, Part B
Incumbent Leader Jean Grillo is opposed by Noel Jefferson (who is also supported by Councilman Alan Gerson).
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District Leader Earl Scott faces a challenge from Derek Meilman.
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Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV is also the Male District Leader. He has 2 opponents – former candidates Edward Gibbs & Johnny Rivera.
Female Leader Diane Green is opposed by former Leader Evette Zayas and Estelle Brown & Theresa Richardson.
68th AD, Part B
Female Leader Candy Vives-Vasquez is opposed by Alice Brown & Peggy Morales.
Male Leader Harry Rodriguez has 2 former candidates opposing him – Manuel Onativia & Edward Gibbs. This Edward Gibbs has a different address on his petition than the one running in Part A, so I assume they are different people.
69th AD, Part A
Leader Cynthia Doty is opposed by former Leader Carmen Quinones.
70th AD, Part D
Leader Martin Smith is being challenged by Ramon Sandoval.
71st AD, Part A
Female Leader Maria Luna is opposed by Elizabeth Mejias while Male Leader Mark Levine is opposed by Julio Negron.
72nd AD, Part A
Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat is also the Male District Leader. He is being challenged by Nicholas Nunez.
72nd AD, Part B
3 candidates are running to replace former Councilman Miguel Martinez as Leader – Council candidate Ydanis Rodriguez, Rafael Escano & Eligio Fernandez.
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Councilwoman Rosie Mendez is also Leader and is opposed by former Assembly candidate Mildred Martinez and Male Leader Anthony Feliciano is opposed by former Leader Roberto Caballero.
2 Republicans filed for the right to oppose Councilman Dan Garodnick in November. They are Ashok Chandra & Neil Alessio
There are 2 candidates for the Male slot – Brandon Brice & Will Brown, Jr. and 2 for the Female position – Denice Johns & Lucille Middleton.
2 opponents filed to run against newly elected Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.. They are perennial candidate Curtis Brooks and Priscilla Nibbs-Bracy.
Councilman Oliver Koppell is opposed by former Community Board Chair Tony Cassino.
Councilman Larry Seabrook has 7 opponents. They are Johnnie Goff, Andrew King, Herbert Moreira-Brown, Algernon Quattlebaum, Jerome Rice, Krystal Zamilla Serrano and Sebastian Ulanga.
Councilman James Vacca is opposed by former Assembly candidate Irene Estrada Rukaj.
In what looks like the most hotly contested contest in the Bronx, Councilwoman Maria Baez has 4 opponents. They are Fernando Cabrera, a minister supported by the new County Leader Carl Heastie, Democratic State Committeewoman Yudelka Tapia, Kevin Ennis & Miguel Santana.
Councilman Joel Rivera has 2 opponents – Jose Padilla, Jr. & Oscar Zorrilla.
Councilwoman Helen Foster has 3 challengers – Mark Escoffery-Bey, Daryl Johnston & Carlos Sierra.
Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo is opposed by former Assemblyman Israel Martinez and Robert Rosado.
Councilwoman Annabel Palma is opposed by Mayra Bon.
Anti-Ratner candidate Eugene Myrick filed to oppose incumbent Marty Markowitz.
I don’t think I have to write much to readers of political blogs about the contest to replace David Yassky. The candidates who filed petitions are Isaac Abraham, Ken Baer, Doug Biviano, Ken Diamondstone, Steve Levin, Joanne Simon & Evan Thies.
Councilwoman Diana Reyna is opposed by District Leader Maritza Davila, Community Board District Manager Gerald Esposito & perennial candidate Gladys Santiago.
Councilwoman Letitia James faces 2 opponents – Delia Hunley-Adossa & Medhanie Estiphanos.
7 candidates filed to challenge Councilman Al Vann. They are Mark Winston Griffith, William Carrington, Robert Cornegy, David Grinage, Saquan Jones, Adrian Straker & Tremaine Wright.
Councilman Erik Dilan is opposed by former Assembly staffer Darma Diaz.
Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez faces a challenge from Robinson Iglesias, whose website says he has been endorsed by Mets’ catcher Omir Santos.
As in the 33rd. I don’t think I have to write much to readers of political blogs about the contest to replace Bill de Blasio. The candidates who filed petitions are John Heyer, Brad Lander, Gary Reilly, Josh Skaller & Bob Zuckerman.
I don’t have to tell any readers of Room 8 that our own Rock Hackshaw is opposing Councilman Mathieu Eugene. Also running is former Council candidate Rickie Tulloch.
Councilwoman Darlene Mealy faces challenges from former Councilwoman Tracy Boyland, former candidate Anthony Herbert and Tulani Kinard( supported by Rev. Al Sharpton & Councilman Charles Barron).
5 candidates filed to run against Councilman Charles Barron. They are former Assembly candidates Winchester Key & Donnezzetta Brown, Carlos Bristol, Prince Lewis and Regina Powell.
7 candidates filed to run against Councilman Kendall Stewart. 3 are former candidates – Ernest Emmanuel, Earlene King & Sam Taitt. Also filing are Rodrick Daley, Dexter McKenzie, Godwin Williams & Jumaane Williams.
Councilman Lew Fidler has 3 opponents – Ayo Johnson, Alan Sasson & Elias Weir.
Councilman Mike Nelson is opposed by retired businessman Simon Belsky.
Two candidates files for the Republican nomination – Joe Nardiello & George Smith.
Joan Braunstein is opposing Deborah Smoak-Boykin.
Angelina Hernandez is opposing Ada Nunez.
Gamsey Alston is opposing Henry Snead.
Incumbent Helen Marshall has 2 opponents – attorney Marc Leavitt & former State Senate candidate Robert Schwartz.
6 candidates are running to succeed Councilman Tony Avella. They are Steven Behar, who is supported by Avella, former candidate Jerry Iannece (endorsed by Queens County Democratic Organization), Paul Vallone (son of former Council Speaker), two other former candidates Debra Markell & Thomas Cooke and congressional aide Kevin Kim.
6 candidates are running to succeed Councilman John Liu. They are Liu aide John Choe, who is supported by Queens County Democratic Organization, District Leader James Wu, businessman S.J. Jung, educator Yen Chou, immigration activist Constantine Kavadas & former candidate Isaac Sasson.
In a partial rematch of this year’s Special Election, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras is opposed by one of the candidates she defeated – businessman Eduardo Giraldo.
Assemblyman Mark Weprin has 2 opponents in the contest to succeed his brother, Councilman David Weprin. Both are Community Board members – Bob Friedrich & Swaranjit Singh.
Councilwoman Helen Sears is opposed by District Leader Daniel Dromm & businessman Stanley Kalathara.
5 candidates filed to replace Councilman Eric Gioia. They are District Leader Deidre Feerick, State Committeeman Jamie Van Bramer, attorney Brent O’Leary, businessman David Rosasco & college student Kwame Smalls.
Councilman Leroy Comrie is opposed by Adrienne Hayes & Clyde Vanel.
Councilman Tom White has 6 opponents – former Councilman Allan Jennings, former candidates Lynn Nunes & Ruben Wills, Robert Hogan, Stephen Jones & Mireille Leroy.
6 candidates filed to replace Councilwoman Melinda Katz. They are former Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, former Assemblyman Michael Cohen, former Council candidate Lynn Schulman, attorney Heidi Harrison Chain & former Congressional aide Mel Gagarin.
Councilman James Sanders has 5 challengers – retired Detective Marquez Claxton, attorney Jacques Leandre, former staffer Frederick Lewis, youth organizer Michael Duncan and Lou Grays.
The forced resignation of Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio created a contest here. 4 Democrats filed. They are former Senate candidate Albert Baldeo, former legislative aide Farouk Samaroo and Community Board members Michael Miller & Nick Comaianni.
There are quite a few potential Republican contests. I assume most, if not all, are because of the continuing efforts by John & Bart Haggerty to replace the leadership of the County Republican Organization.
Jay Golub vs. Bartholomew Bruno.
Howard Duffy vs. Stephen Graves
Jay Golub vs. Bart Haggerty.
Rosemarie Iacovone vs. Joanne Mugno & Frank Messano vs. Anthony Nunziato
Rocco Argenzio vs. Kevin Li & Myrna Littlewort vs. Ruby Muhammad
The only contest on Staten Island will be a another partial rematch of a Special Election, with Councilman Ken Mitchell being opposed by the candidate he narrowly defeated – Debora Rose & by a candidate who tried to run in the Special but who didn’t make the ballot – Rajiv Gowda.