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Nanuet 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Nanuet and Rockland

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

Here are six that residents are already talking about:

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Clarkstown Town Justice Rolf Thorsen is running for a second term and has been endorsed by the Clarkstown Democratic Committee and the Independence Party and Working Families Party. Republican Dan Weisberg is challenging Thorsen.

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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.

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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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Redistricting is also affecting Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), who is seeking re-election after almost two decades in the House. Engel currently represents a region that includes the northwestern part of the Bronx, traveling north up Yonkers, the Rivertowns and part of Tarrytown, and connects to southern Rockland via the Tappan Zee Bridge. Now, , remaining in the Bronx while picking up part of Lowey's southern Westchester area. His district will be renumbered from the 17th to the 16th.

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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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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 Legislator Ed Day already have blogs.)

Michael Gries October 01, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Frank Morganthaler is a candidate for congress, 17th C.D. on the "We the People" party line. www.frankmorganthaler.com
Jeanine Vecchiarelli October 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Why are you ignoring the third candidate in the race for NY 17 Congressional District?? Frank Morganthaler, who is running on the We the People line, has been high profile and very vocal about his candidacy. It would be very disturbing to think that this news outlet plays politics with the party heads who are circumventing the will of the people. Please make the necessary correction to your list of candidates.
Kim Tran (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Thanks for catching that. I did not mean to leave him out. I'll update the article now. Thanks!
Jeanine Vecchiarelli October 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Thank YOU, Kim! :-)

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