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.
6th Congressional District: Congressional redistricting to the 6th District in March, which is represented by Democratic Rep. Gregory W. Meeks. The new map eliminates two existing congressional districts in the state, going from 29 to 27 districts. One of the lost seats will be on Long Island, which will now have four representatives instead of five.
9th Senate District: Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, is seeking his 15th term. He serves as the chamber’s Majority Leader. 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."
14th Assembly District: Assemblyman Brian Curran, R-Lynbrook, is being challenged by Rockville Centre resident , 43, who will run on the Democratic ticket.
21st Assembly District: Assemblyman Edward Ra, R-Franklin Square, has served as the Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead and as a legal aide in the Office of the New York State Attorney General.
(Henry Powderly contributed to this report.)