While the Democratic primary for attorney general, featuring a run by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, has garnered most of the attention so far this election season, there are also a couple of contested primaries Tuesday in congressional districts that cover Bellmore.
Residents will choose between long-time Congressman Peter King, the ranking member of the Committee of Homeland Security, and Robert Previdi in the Republican primary for the House of Representatives seat in the 3rd Congressional District.
King has defeated Previdi, a Manhasset resident who teaches American history and English, in several previous primaries, including in 2008 by a vote of 6,847-897. The winner of the Republican primary will face Merrick resident Howard Kudler in the general election.
In the 4th Congressional District, which covers a small portion of North Bellmore, Democratic incumbent Carolyn McCarthy is running unopposed in the primary. On the Republican side, three men are seeking the nod to take on McCarthy, who has served six terms in the House.
Dan Maloney, of Baldwin, works part-time in finance at a home healthcare agency in Rockville Centre and is an active member in the Tea Party movement. Francis X. Becker Jr., of Lynbrook, has the backing of the Nassau County Republican Party and is currently serving his eighth term in the Nassau County Legislature and is also a certified financial planner. Frank Scaturro, of Hempstead, is a visiting professor at Hofstra Law School and has published a number of books and articles in the area of history and law.
A recent debate between the three men turned ugly during a League of Women Voters forum at the Hewlett-Woodmere Library.
The general election tickets are already set in the state government arena with no contested primaries. State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, will face Democrat Carol Gordon, of Massapequa in the 8th District. Assemblyman David McDonough, R-Merrick, will square off against Democrat John Brooks, of Seaford, in November.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. New York State primaries are "closed," meaning they are limited to registered voters who have declared their party affiliation. Voters can only cast ballots for candidates running on their respective party line. To find your polling location, click here.