2012-09-12 / Editorials

Gazette Primary Endorsements

Primaries 2012

After weighing the qualities of candidates seeking election and nominations in the primary elections next Thursday, the Western Queens Gazette issued the following endorsements.

The Gazette found incumbents state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Mike Miller, all Democrats, highly qualified, as well as Jerry Iannece, who’s seeking an Assembly seat.

•Stavisky, now seeking her seventh term for the 16th district seat in Eastern Queens, resides in Whitestone and attends to home district problems as well as her Albany duties. Stavisky is the top Democrat on the Higher Education Committee and also serves on the Education and Elderly committees. The Gazette strongly urges voters to vote for her on Primary Day.

•Miller, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 38th AD (Woodhaven/Glendale), has become known as a hands-on community representative in his three years in office and the Gazette calls on voters to go out and vote for Miller on Election Day.

•In the Democratic 25th AD (Bayside/Fresh Meadows) primary, the Gazette recognizes the many years candidate Jerry Iannece served as an effective community leader and considers him as highly qualified for the Assembly post he is seeking.

In other races on the ballot, we endorse Councilmember James Sanders as the Democratic Party nominee for the 10th state senate seat covering the Rockaways. His opponent, Shirley Huntley, is facing indictment for allegedly misappropriating state funds.

The Gazette endorses Ron Kim in the five candidate contest for the 40th Assembly district Democratic nomination in Flushing. Kim has held jobs in state government serving small businesses and community groups, and also was an aide to an Assemblymember.

On the Republican ballot, the Gazette endorses Councilmember Eric Ulrich for the GOP nomination for the 15th state senate district, in which he is opposed by Rego Park attorney Juan D. Reyes, who is backed by the Queens Republican organization. Ulrich has been effective in serving the Ozone Park/Rockaways in the council.

Ulrich is also seeking the same nomination in the Independence Party primary for that same office, and we also endorse him in that contest. In this race he is opposed by Joseph A. Tiraco, of Rego Park, whose frequent letters to the editor appear in this newspaper.

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