Race for Congress

After spending forty years in the majority,

Democrats lost their hold on the House of Representatives in 1995.

Since then, it’s been back and forth between the two major parties and currently favors Republican control. Democrats are optimistic, however, that during a presidential election year, they may be able to make ground – and even win back – their majority in Congress. It will be a feat for the party, but it’s not unheard of. In the election of 1995, Republicans gained 52 seats.

New York’s Congressional Delegation is made up of 18 Democrats and 9 Republicans. Four seats – two held by Republicans and two held by Democrats currently – are up for grabs. Here’s a look at the state’s representatives, who’s running for each seat, and more.

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New York’s Congressional Delegation

Races We’re Watching

3rd Congressional District

13th Congressional District

18th Congressional District

Congressman Steve Israel (D) announced his plans to retire from Congress following the end of his current term in 2016. The announcement has triggered a race for his successor. Here’s what we know.

Congressman Charlie Rangel (D) announced his plans to retire from Congress following the end of his current term in 2016. A few members of the state legislature have put their hat in the ring for the seat, which could leave at least one vacancy at the state level. Here’s what we know.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D) has won his last two elections to Congress, but by narrow margins. There are more Democrats enrolled in his district than Republicans, which could work to his advantage. Here’s what we know.

Who’s Interested:
State Senator Jack Martins (R), a State Senator in his third term, is not expected to face a primary opponent.
Nassau County Interim Finance Authority Chairman Jon Kaiman (D) says he will be dropping his state title to run for the seat.
North Hempstead Town Board Member Anna Kaplan (D) has formally announced her candidacy.
Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern (D) has filed to run.
Former Gubernatorial Candidate and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi (D) has filed to run.
Jonathan Clarke (D) has also filed to run for the seat.
Philip Pidot (R) says he’s fighting a Board of Elections decision to rule his signatures invalid.

Who’s Interested:
Assemblyman Keith Wright (D) is running for the seat. The Assemblyman currently chairs the Housing Committee in the Democrat-dominated chamber, which has its moments of power.
Clyde Williams (D) has announced his campaign for the seat. Williams also ran in 2012 but did not do well in the primary. He’s worked with former President Bill Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D) has pledged to make his third run for the Rangel seat. He lost in both 2012 and 2014. Espaillat was elected to the State Senate after serving almost 15 years in the State Assembly.
Suzan Johnson Cook (D), a Democrat and former policy advisor for President Bill Clinton, has entered the race.
Adam Clayton Powell (D), who served in the State Assembly for ten years after serving on the NYC Council has announced his candidacy.
Mike Gallagher (D) has also filed to run for the seat.
Assemblyman Guillermo Linares (D) is also running to replace Rangel.
Sam Sloan (D) has filed signatures with the Board of Elections ahead of the June primary.
Daniel Vila (G) is running on the Green Party line for the seat.
Robert “Tony” Evans is the only Republican to file for the seat.
Who’s Interested:
Phil Oliva (R) – a former aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino – is running.
Kenneth Del Vecchio (R), a local filmmaker, is running for the seat.
Scott Smith is the only independent candidate to file. He does not hold a party affiliation. He’s a middle school science teacher.

19th Congressional District

21st Congressional District

22nd Congressional District

Congressman Chris Gibson (R) had never intended to spend his life in Congress. But with the end of his term in the House, he’s entering into a career in academia. The Republican field to replace him is already crowded. Here’s what we know.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R) won her seat in Congress by a comfortable margin in 2014, but the seat has been held mostly by Democrats in recent history. Here’s what we know about who’s trying to replace her.

Congressman Richard Hanna (R) announced that he would not run again in the 2016 election. Here’s what we know about the candidates for his seat.
Who’s Interested:
John Faso (R) – a former minority leader in the State assembly – was one of the first to announce for the seat.
For now Andrew Heaney (R) seems to be his biggest competition. He’s a newcomer to the district.
Former Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout (D) is one of two Democrats running in the district.
Will Yandik (D) is the Deputy Town Supervisor in Livingston. He’s running on the Democratic line.
Who’s Interested:
Retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick (D) declared in 2015 that he would run against Stefanik.
Matt Funiciello (G) says he’s running for the seat on the Green Party line. He also ran in 2014.
Who’s Interested:
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R) is running for the seat again after losing to Hanna in the Republican primary last time around. Tenney came out strong against Hanna after she launched her campaign, saying he was too moderate for voters in the 22nd Congressional District.
George Phillips (R) ran for the seat in 2010 before it was redistricted. He thinks with more Republican voters, he has a better chance this time around.
Steven Wells (R) is the COO of Food and Vending Corporation. He’s seeking the Republican line.
Kim Myers (D), a Broome County Legislator, announced her run for the seat in early March. She’s a former small business owner and was also on the Vestal Central School Board of Education for more than a decade.
Martin Babinec (I) says he’s still in the race, though the Board of Elections ruled his signatures invalid.

24th Congressional District

25th Congressional District

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Congressman John Katko (R) took the 24th Congressional District back from Democrat Dan Maffei in 2014 in a district where Democrats outweigh Republicans in terms of voter enrollment. Here’s what we know about his challengers.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D) won her district by less than 1,000 votes in 2014. Her Republican opponent, Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini, has filed for a re-match. Here’s what we know.
Who’s Interested:
Colleen Deacon (D) was the first to declare a challenge against Katko. She’s got some pretty heavy ammunition – she’s a former aide to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
But Deacon could be facing some trouble. Lawyer and former Navy Officer Steve Williams (D) and Syracuse Professor Eric Kingson (D) are running against her on the Democratic line.
Mimi Satter (WFP) will also appear on the ballot on the Working Families Party line.
Who’s Interested:
Mark Assini (R) has already filed and announced his candidacy against the long-time Congresswoman for the 2016 election. In 2014, Assini lost by less than 1,000 votes. The final tally was 96,803 to 95,932 according to the Board of Elections.
Brandon Kirshner (I), a medical student, is running as an independent in the race as well.
Tony D’Orazio is running as a libertarian.

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