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Pearl River 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Pearl River and Rockland County.

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

Here are five that residents are already talking about:

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State Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland) is running for a second term in the 38th State Senate District. The district was redrawn earlier this year and will include the Towns of Ramapo, Clarkstown, and Orangetown in Rockland County, as well as the Town of Ossining in Westchester County. Former Ossining trustee Janis A. Castaldi is the Republican nominee to run against Carlucci. 

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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. If elected, Lowey would then pick up Mt. Kisco and all of Rockland County, and overall see the newly-crafted 17th shift further north. Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin was endorsed to run against Lowey Tuesday by Rockland County Legislator and Minority Leader Frank Sparaco. 

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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. Also on the GOP ballot are Wendy Long, George Maragos. Colila Clark of the Green Party is running, as well.Redistricting is also affecting

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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.

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In Rockland, county executive C. Scott Vanderhoef has another year left on his term—he won't be on the ballot again until November 2013. But the fiscal crunch hitting Rockland may very well color voters' other decisions at their polling place. Patch has kept a close eye on , which include and a new . Stay tuned to Patch for updates.

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Patch readers have a unique opportunity to become involved this elections cycle, beyond news tips and comments. If you're serious about a certain post, candidate or issue, use our blogging feature to connect with other residents and sound-off on the political stage. To get started, click here. ( and Orangetown supervisor Andy Stewart already have blogs.)

Vin October 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Frank Morganthaler is also running for Congress in NY 17. He is on the We The People Line.

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