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Yorktown 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Yorktown.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Yorktown Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race, issue and candidate in town.

Here are a handful that residents are already talking about:

Congressional Districts

Yorktown will be represented by two Congressional Districts – the 17th (held by Nita Lowey) and the 18th (held by Nan Hayworth). 

Despite losing some of her territory to redistricting, Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY 19) hopes to keep her role in Congress. The incumbent Republican, who lives in Bedford, will seek re-election to her new Congressional district, now known as the 18th, which includes all of Bedford and the entirety of Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, North Salem and Somers. It also includes part of Yorktown and North Castle, all of Putnam County, southern Dutchess County and all of Orange County. Her challengers include Richard Becker , a physician and Cortlandt town councilman. Also currently on the Democratic ballot for the June 26 primary are the following candidates: Sean Patrick Maloney, Duane Jackson, Matthew Alexander and Thomas Wilson.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester) is seeking re-election on the heels of her 19 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the past two years, Lowey has served the 18th district, a swath that  come November. Overall, Lowey's district will shirt further north, as she will loses part of her sound shore constituents while seeing a district go up to Yorktown, Cortland and Peekskill. If elected, Lowey would then pick up Mt. Kisco and all of Rockland County, and overall see the newly-crafted 17th shift further north. The GOP choice to face her? Joe Carvin faces a primary challenge June 26 against Jim Russell.

State Senate Districts

The New York State Senate has also seen some lines redrawn this year. Senator Greg Ball (R,C - Patterson) who is running for a second term in the State Senate District. Democratic candidate and Croton-on-Hudson resident  is set to challenge Ball in this year's election.

State Assembly District

After , freshman Assemblyman Steve Katz, (R, I — Yorktown) is seeking re-election on the  (formerly the 99th District). He is being challenged by fellow Republican Dario Gristina, of Putnam Valley. Andrew Falk, of Patterson, is running as the Democratic candidate. The  includes Yorktown, Somers, Patterson, Southeast, Carmel and Putnam Valley. Under the new map, the district will drop North Salem and Pawling, adding Putnam Valley.

Presidential Race

As the race for the White House heats up and commandeers headlines, Patch will focus on how the nation election affects local residents. While president Barack Obama faces off with his republican challenger, we'll keep communities engaged with stories and polls . We'll also be tracking the Republican primaries, which come to a close in June 26.

U.S. Senator Race

Incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will face off against the GOP pick. The GOP primary is June 26; Bob Turner, the public servant who grabbed Anthony Wiener's seat and then had it redistricted out from under him, is already running against Gillibrand.

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