Congressional primary race set for June 26
TRI-COUNTY AREA—Two candidates for the November election will be decided in the federal primary election this Tuesday, June 26. Republicans will be voting on their candidate for U.S. senator, who will face the current representative, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The Democratic party will be voting for their candidate for Congressional representative of the 23rd district, who will go up against Congressman Tom Reed.
The U.S. senator candidates are Wendy Long, Bob Turner, and George Maragos.
Long served as a law clerk to Judge Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, and then to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. She practiced law with Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, becoming a litigation partner in New York City. She left private practice to build the Judicial Confirmation Network (now the Judicial Crisis Network), to promote public education about the proper role of the judiciary under the American Constitution.
Turner is the newly elected Republican Congressman from New York City (Brooklyn/Queens) who won in a special election on Sept. 13, 2011. He currently serves on the foreign affairs (Middle East subcommittee), homeland security and veteran affairs committees. Turner has served on industry boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), the television committee of the Association of National Advertisers, the Board of the Advertising Research Council, and was a founder and the first president of the Association of Syndicated Television Advertisers.
Maragos is presently the elected Nassau County Comptroller. Previously, he had over 35 years of senior management experience. In 1981, Maragos left Booz Allen and joined Chase Manhattan Bank to lead a team charged with building the bank’s international data and money transfer network. Maragos received various promotions becoming Vice President. In 1989, He founded SDS Financial Technologies and served as president for over 20 years.
The congressional candidates are Nate Shinagawa, Melissa K. Dobson, and Leslie Danks Burke.
Shinagawa has served on the Tompkins County Legislature for over six years. He is currently the legislature’s vice-chair. He has led the county’s budget and capital committee, government performance and workforce relations committee, and the health and human services committee.
Dobson accepted worked at Corning Inc. in their science and technology division of research and development before pursuing her graduate degree in Binghamton. She later worked at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, collaborating with the SUNY Health Science Center.
Burke has lived in Tompkins County since 2004, where she practices law and served as chair of the town of Ithaca Democratic Party. She also spent two years in D.C. as a legislation analyst where she attended Congressional hearings, meeting with members of Congress in order to track the tax code.
Polling places will be open from noon to 9 p.m.