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Bedford-Katonah 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Bedford, Katonah and Westchester County.

Bedford-Katonah 2012 Election Guide Bedford-Katonah 2012 Election Guide

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Bedford-Katonah Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race, issue and candidate that affects local residents.

Important election dates coming up include the June 26 federal election primary and the Sept. 13 state and local primary.

Despite there being no races for town board, clerk or justice, there are a handful that locals are already talking about:

U.S. Congresswoman (R-NY 19) Despite , Rep. Nan Hayworth hopes to keep her role in Congress. The incumbent Republican, who lives in Bedford, will seek re-election to her new Congressional district, now known as the 18th, which includes all of Bedford and the entirety of Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, North Salem and Somers. It also includes part of Yorktown and North Castle, all of Putnam County, southern Dutchess County and all of Orange County. include , a physician and Cortlandt town councilman. Also currently on the Democratic ballot for the June 26 primary are the following candidates: Sean Patrick Maloney, Duane Jackson, Matthew Alexander and Thomas Wilson.

The Bedford Democratic Committee has endorsed Becker.

Republican Assemblyman Robert Castelli is seeking re-election to the New York State Assembly. Castelli currently occupies the 89th district seat, which will become the 93rd district during the next term. Castelli, who is serving his first full term as the Republican assemblyman, Democrat David Buchwald, a White Plains attorney and town councilman endorsed by the Westchester Independence Party. The soon-to-be 93rd district represents Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, Pound Ridge, Harrison and part of White Plains. It also picked up North Salem in the redistricting process.

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The New York State Senate has also seen some lines redrawn this year, with the Town of Bedford residents taking on new representation. Formerly in state senate district 40, Bedford now lies in District 37, where current 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 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.

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As the race for the White House heats up and commandeers headlines, Patch will focus on how the nation election affects local residents. While president Barack Obama faces off with his republican challenger, 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.

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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. Republicans Wendy Long and George Maragos are also on the ballot as is Colila Clark of the Green Party. Throwing his hat in the ring is

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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 . (Hayworth challenger Richard Becker )

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