Republican Primary for 17th Congressional District Slated for Tuesday

The winner of the primary between Joe Carvin and Jim Russell will face Nita Lowey in November.

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.

Joe Carvin

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
*Disbursements $111,459

Jim Russell

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
*Disbursements $0

Figures are from candidate disclosures to the Federal Election Commission as of June 6, 2012.

Robert Brooks June 26, 2012 at 04:14 AM
youre clearly out to get Joe. your entire website is filled with anti-joe stories blown way out of proportion. you are from from an unbiased media source - no wonder you don't have press credentials! Where is your story about Jim Russell declaring that "The population should be homogeneous. . . . What is still more important is unity of religious background; and reasons of race and culture combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable" ???
Conservative NYer June 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Hmmm, do I want to vote for a person who voted for a usurper in 2008 who mentioned a tiny, little something on Octobe 31, 2008 (frightening enough) about "we are five days away from fundamentally changing the United States of America". NO!! I am IRATE that I was just about to cast a vote for Mr. Carvin since he was GOP and so glad I decided to do some digging around. The GOP does not need another RINO whether it's, local, county, state or federal. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
Conservative NYer June 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
OR you an do a write-in for Francis E. Morganthaler http://frankmorganthaler.com/ According to the story is that he had obtained enough signatures to be on the ballot but was kicked off by one of Mr. Carvin's henchman???? So there are actually three candidates to choose from.
Tea Leaves June 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
So press credentials would have made Carvin answer? Would press credentials have changed Carvin's 2008 vote? Or made him pay his taxes? Russell's story has been out for years. Neither are good stories. Carvin's incarnation just taking place now. Is this the Robert Brooks who donated $1000s of dollars to Pataki?
Silly Season 2012 June 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Not that it matters, but if you are going to continue to promote somebody as a racist you might as well quote them directly and not someone else they quoted. The statement @Robert Brooks references was acknowledged as being written by TS Elliot. Russell might be whatever you say he is but that does't give you the right to get things wrong and make up your own facts. Are you a credentialed reporter @Robert Brooks, you certainly research and write like one like one...


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