2009-09-11 / Top Stories

Primary Election Set For September 15

Dems Vie For Citywide, Local Seats
By Howard Schwach

Registered Democrats will go to the polls next Tuesday, September 15, to choose their candidates for several citywide and local posts.

There are no Republican primary races scheduled for this year. The candidates will be vying for the Democratic nomination for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council in the 31st Councilmanic District, which takes in much of the eastern end of the peninsula. There is no primary election for City Council in the west end because both of the party's candidates are running unopposed for the November 3 election.

Running for the Democratic nomination for Mayor are Assemblyman Tony Avella, rent activist Jimmy McMillan, sports media expert Roland Rogers and City Comptroller William Thompson. Running for Public Advocate are Councilmember Bill de Blasio, Councilmember Eric Gioia, former public advocate Mark Green, civil rights attorney and former NYCLU head Norman Siegel and accountant Imtiaz Shabbir Syed.

Running for Comptroller are audit director Salim Ejaz, Councilmember Melinda Katz, Councilmember John Liu, Councilmember David Weprin and Councilmember David Yassky.

Running for Queens Borough President are attorney and civic activist Marc Crawford Leavitt, the incumbent, Helen Marshall and business executive Robert Schwartz.

Running for the City Council seat are former NYPD detective Marquez Claxton, non-profit director Michael Duncan, retired teacher Lou Grays, civil attorney Jacques Leandre, CEO and former assistant to the Manhattan Borough President Frederick Lewis and incumbent James Sanders Jr. Polling will be conducted at the traditional polling places, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 15.

For further information, call the Queens office of the Board of Elections at 718-730-6730, or go online to the Board of Elections website at www.- nyc.gov.

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