As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch sites across Nassau County are here to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
President Barack Obama: Elected in 2008 on a platform of change, this time around the president is going to have to draw from his experience at the country's helm for the past four years. Time will tell if the president visits the East End this election, but if history is any indicator, we're sure to see .
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney (presumed): While the former Massachusetts governor still needs the nomination at the GOP convention in August, the race between the president and this New England Republican is all but set. Look for Romney to point to taxes and big government to pick up East End votes. , but we expect he'll be back before Election Day.
U.S. Senate: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is seeking a six-year term in Washington following her appointment by then Gov. David Paterson on Jan. 23, 2009. Gillibrand replaced Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was appointed Secretary of State by President Obama. Republicans running in a primary for the right to battle Gillibrand this November include U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and U.S litigation attorney Wendy E. Long.
20th Assembly District: , a 17-year member of the Lawrence Board of Education is running for the New York Assembly seat currently held by Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach.
9th Senate District: Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, is seeking his 15th term. He serves as the chamber’s Majority Leader. Born, raised and educated in Rockville Centre, he graduated from South Side High School, class of 1966. As the author of Megan’s Law, Senator Skelos created the New York State Sex Offender Registry. He worked with then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to enact the new e-STOP law which prevents registered sex offenders from accessing social networking websites. He also wrote the law eliminating the New York City “Commuter Tax”.
(Henry Powderly contributed to this report.)