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New Rochelle 2012 Election Guide

A guide to the candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting New Rochelle and Westchester.

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

Here are a handful that residents are already talking about:

Recent redistricting affected 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, including all of New Rochelle. His district will be renumbered from the 17th to the 16th.

It needs to be said again that Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), who is seeking re-election on the heels of her 19 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been redistricted and will no longer be representing New Rochelle. 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. The GOP choice to face her? Joe Carvin faces a primary challenge June 26 against Jim Russell.

Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D,WF-37th Senate District) will not seek re-election this fall, opening a senate seat she has held for 28 years. Oppenheimer made the announcement in January, citing an upcoming shoulder surgery. Republican Bob Cohen, who came within a small margin of upsetting Oppenheimer in 2010, has already announced his intent to run again. Cohen has accepted the GOP nomination for the seat, but will still likely face a primary election against fellow Republican and North Castle Councilwoman Diane DiDonato Roth

On the other side, Democrat Assemblymen George Latimer has announced he will run for the seat as well.

As the race for the White House heats up and commandeers headlines, Patch will focus on how the national election affects local residents. While President Barack Obama faces off with his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 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.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will face off against the GOP pick. The GOP primary is June 26; Bob Turner, the public servant who grabbed Anthony Wiener's seat and then had it redistricted out from under him, is already running against Gillibrand.

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 Orangetown supervisor Andy Stewart already have blogs.)

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