The survivor of Tuesday’s Republican Primary between Hawthorne resident Jim Russell and Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, a Port Chester resident, will go on to face U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Rockland/Westchester, in November’s general election.
The weeks leading up the primary have been heated, with Carvin accusing Russell of being racist and trying to hijack the Republican party. Russell has renounced the accusations and has attacked Carvin's vote for President Barack Obama in 2008.
Although Lowey currently represents the 18th Congressional District, that seat will be moved to the 17th Congressional District next year because of redistricting. The new district will include Cortlandt, Peekskill, Mt. Kisco and all of Rockland County.
A list of polling sites for the primary can be found here for Westchester County and here for Rockland County.
Below are brief snapshots of the candidates.
Residence Port Chester, NY Incumbent No Experience Carvin was elected as Rye town supervisor in 2007. He is currently a hedge fund manager with Altima Partners located in New York City. Prior to that, he worked in Senegal as he youngest project manager working for the United States Agency for International Development. He has been endorsed by the Republican and Conservative committees of Rockland and Westchester counties. Web site carvin2012.com
*Cash on Hand $1,013,251
Residence Hawthorne, NY
Incumbent No Experience Russell worked for AT&T as computer programmer for 21 years. He also served as a Republican district leader and founder of Westchester-Rockland Citizens for Immigration Control. Web site russellforcongress.com
*Cash on Hand $0
* Figures are from candidate disclosures to the Federal Election Commission as of June 6, 2012.