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August 13, 2008

NYSUT suspends endorsements of senators over tax cap vote

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

 

  • UPDATE OCT. 20: NYSUT has expanded its bipartisan list of political endorsements, noting the state's worsening economy will require leaders who will address budget concerns while defending education and health care services from devastating mid-year cuts. READ MORE.


ALBANY, N.Y. August 13, 2008 - Acting four days after a Senate vote on Gov. David Paterson's tax cap bill, the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers suspended the endorsements of all senators, Democrat and Republican, who voted 'yes' and said it is carefully reviewing the position of every Assembly member on the proposal which would harm children and public education.

"Those who choose political expediency over the future of New York's children and public schools - and favor a gimmick that offers only the illusion of tax relief over a real reduction in property taxes for over-burdened homeowners - will not earn our endorsement," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "They made a choice, and we are making ours."

NYSUT Executive Vice President Alan B. Lubin said the union's local and state political action committees and Board of Directors, in voting that concluded on Wednesday, endorsed "those candidates who have clearly taken a principled stand, rejecting a cap while supporting other solutions - such as a 'circuit breaker' or restoration of the millionaire's tax - that would help lighten the property tax burden on senior citizens and middle-class families, without hammering children and their schools with an artificial tax cap."

"This is perhaps the most critical issue facing public education in a generation. Those who are taking a stand against a destructive tax cap can rightly call themselves a champion of children and equity in public education," Lubin said, adding, "NYSUT members are property taxpayers, too, and they, too, want relief, but not at the expense of their schools and schoolchildren." The board then unanimously passed an unprecedented resolution to suspend endorsement of all senators who supported the cap.

Lubin noted the union could decide to review its decision after the August 19 special session and at any time before Election Day.

"The door is not closed," Lubin said. "This bad bill is not yet bad law. There is still time for the Senate to do right by children and public education – as well as property taxpayers."

In addition to supporting 20 senators and many Assembly members, NYSUT also issued endorsements in congressional races. A complete list of NYSUT-endorsed candidates is attached.

Lubin noted that candidates covet NYSUT's endorsement. "NYSUT members live in every zip code of the state. They're passionate about the issues and volunteer to campaign for those candidates willing to fight for public education, health care and the rights of working New Yorkers."

In addition to receiving financial support for their campaigns, Lubin said candidates receiving NYSUT's endorsement can expect to see union activists handing out flyers; sending out mailings; walking door-to-door; working the polls; and manning the state's largest network of phone banks. He said the union's phone banks are expected to make well over a half-million phone calls on behalf of its endorsed candidates.

The last time NYSUT withheld a large block of endorsements was in 2004, when the union's political action committees chose not to endorse those Assembly members who failed to join an over-ride of $1 billion in cuts to public education.

NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents some 600,000 classroom teachers and other school employees; faculty and other professionals at the state's community colleges, State University of New York and City University of New York, and other education and health professionals. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.

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D/I/W
Timothy Bishop

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D/I/W
Steve J. Israel

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No Endorsement

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D/I/W
Carolyn McCarthy

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D/I/W
Gary L. Ackerman

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D
Gregory Meeks in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Joseph Crowley

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Jerrold Nadler

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Anthony Weiner

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Edolphus Towns  in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Yvette Clarke

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D/W
Nydia Velazquez

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D/W
Michael McMahon in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Carolyn Maloney

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D/W
Charles Rangel

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D/W
Jose E. Serrano

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D/W/I
Eliot L. Engel

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D/W
Nita M. Lowey

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D/I/W
John Hall

20
D/I/W
Kirsten E. Gillibrand

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D/W
Paul Tonko

22
D/I/W
Maurice D. Hinchey

23
R/I/C
John M. McHugh

24
D/W
Michael A. Arcuri

25
D/W
Daniel B. Maffei

26
D/W
Jonathan P. Powers, in Primary, then in General Election

27
D/I/W
Brian Higgins


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D/W/I
Louise M. Slaughter

29
D/W
Eric J. Massa



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Shirley Huntley in Primary, then in General Election

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George Onorato

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Hiram Monserrate

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Toby Ann Stavisky, in Primary, then in General Election

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D
Martin M. Dilan

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D/W
Velmanette Montgomery

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D/W
John Sampson

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D/W
Eric Adams

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D/W
Kevin Parker in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Diane Savino

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No Endorsement

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D
Martin Connor in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Elizabeth Krueger

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D
Carl Kruger

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D/W
Jose Serrano, Jr.

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D/W
Thomas K. Duane

30
D/W
Bill Perkins

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D/W
Eric T. Schneiderman

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D/R
Ruben Diaz, Sr

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Efrain Gonzalez Jr., in Primary, then in General Election

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No Endorsement

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D
Andrea Stewart Cousins

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D/W
Ruth Hassell-Thompson in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Suzi Oppenheimer

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R/I/C
Roy McDonald

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Neil Breslin

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Antoine M. Thompson in Primary, then in General Election

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Marc Alessi

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Fred Thiele

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Patricia Eddington in Primary, then in General Election

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D/I/W
Steven Englebright

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D/I
Ginny Fields

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D/I/W
Philip Ramos in Primary, then in General Election

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No Endorsement

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R/I/C
Philip Boyle

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R/I/C
Andrew Raia

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R/C/I
James D. Conte

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D/I/W
Robert Sweeney

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Joseph Saladino

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Charles Lavine

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Robert Barra

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Robert Walker

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Michelle Schimel

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Thomas McKevitt

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Earlene Hooper in Primary, then in General Election

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David McDonough

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D/I/W
Harvey Weisenberg

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Thomas Alfano

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D/I/W
Ellen Young in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Audrey Pheffer

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D/W
Mark Weprin

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D/W
Rory Lancman

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Ann M. Carozza

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D
Nettie Mayersohn

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D/W
Andrew Hevesi

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D/W
William Scarborough

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D
Margaret Markey

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D/W
Michelle Titus

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D/W
Vivian Cook

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D/W
Barbara Clark

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Open Seat, No Endorsement

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D
Jeffrion Aubry

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D/W
Michael Gianaris



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D
Catherine Nolan

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D/R/I/C
Anthony Seminerio

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D/W
Jose Peralta

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Open Seat, No Endorsement

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D/W
Helene Weinstein

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D
Rhoda Jacobs in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Karim Camara

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D/W
James Brennan

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D/R/W
Steven Cymbrowitz

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D/W
Alec Brooks-Krasny

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D/W
William Colton

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No Endorsement

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D/W
Peter Abbate, Jr.

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D
Joseph Lentol in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Felix Ortiz

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D/W
Joan Millman

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No Endorsement

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D/W
Darryl Towns

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D/W
William Boyland in Primary, then in General Election

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D
Annette Robinson in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Hakeem Jeffries

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D/W
Nick Perry

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D
Alan Maisel

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D/I/W
Janele Hyer-Spencer

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D/W
Matthew Titone

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R/I/C
Louis Tobacco

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Michael Cusick

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D/W
Sheldon Silver in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Micah Kellner

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D/W
Deborah Glick

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D/W
Linda Rosenthal

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D
Adam Clayton Powell

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D
Daniel O’Donnell

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D/W
Keith Wright

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D
Herman Farrell, Jr.

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D/W
Adriano Espaillat in Primary, then in General Election

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D/W
Jonathan Bing

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D/W
Brian Kavanagh

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D/W
Richard Gottfried

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D/W
Peter Rivera

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D/W
Aurelia Greene

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D
Jose Rivera

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D/W
Michael Benjamin

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D
Naomi Rivera

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D/W
Jeffrey Dinowitz

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D/W
Michael Benedetto

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D/W
Carl E. Heastie in Primary, then in General Election

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D
Carmen Arroyo

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D/W
Ruben Diaz, Jr.

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Open Seat, No Endorsement

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D/I
James Pretlow

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D/I/W
Amy Paulin

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D/I/W
Adam Bradley

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No Endorsement

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D/I/W
George Latimer

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D/W
Richard Brodsky

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D/C/W
Mike Spano

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D/I/C/W
Kenneth Zebrowski

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D/I/W
Ellen Jaffee in Primary, then in General Election

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No Endorsement

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R/I/C/W
Ann G. Rabbitt

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Aileen Gunther

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No Endorsement

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Thomas J. Kirwan

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D/I/W
Kevin A. Cahill

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Joel Miller

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John McEneny

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D/I/W
Mark Blanchfield

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D/I/W
Ronald J. Canestrari

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R/I
Clifford W. Crouch

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D/I/W
Timothy P. Gordon

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D/I/W
Robert Reilly

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R/I/C
James N. Tedisco

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D/I
Bill Magee

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Open Seat, No Endorsement

113
R/I/C
Teresa R. Sayward

114
R/I/C
Janet L. Duprey

115
R/C/W
David R. Townsend, Jr. in Primary, then in General Election

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D
RoAnn Destito

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R/I/C
Marc W. Butler


118
Open Seat, No Endorsement

119
D/I
Joan Christensen

120
D/I
William Magnarelli

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D
Albert Stirpe

122
R/I/C/W
Deidre Scozzafava

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R/I/C
Gary D. Finch

124
R/C/I
Will A. Barclay

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D/W
Barbara S. Lifton

126
D/W
Donna Lupardo

127
No Endorsement

128
R/C
Robert C. Oaks

129
No Endorsement

130
R/I/C
Joe Errigo

131
D/W
Susan John

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No Endorsement

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No Endorsement

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R/I/C
William Reilich

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D/W
David R. Koon

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No Endorsement

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No Endorsement

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D/W
Francine DelMonte

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R/I/C
Stephen Hawley

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No Endorsement

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D
Crystal Peoples

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R
Michael Cole in Primary, then in General Election

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D/I/C
Dennis Gabryszak

144
D
Barbra A. Kavanaugh

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D
Mark Schroeder

146
No Endorsement

147
R/I/C
Daniel J. Burling

148
R/C/I
James P. Hayes

149
R/I/C
Joseph M. Giglio

150
D/I
William Parment