New York's 9th Congressional District Special Election, 2011

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A special election in New York's 9th congressional district will be held to fill a seat in the U.S. Congress for New York's 9th congressional district. The seat became vacant when Representative Anthony Weiner resigned from this seat on June 21, 2011 due to a scandal. The special election will be held on September 13, 2011. The winner of this election will serve the unexpired term throughout 2012.

The 9th Congressional District includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Candidates

Timeline

July 12, 2011: Former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch is not happy with President Barack Obama's recent calls for Israel to return to its 1967 borders with land swaps. Koch says that he wants the Republicans to win the seat in the September 13 special election.

July 8, 2011: Just a day after the Democrats chose David Weprin as their nominee for the election, the Republicans today chose businessman Bob Turner as their candidate. A statement was released by Queens County GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.

"Bob ran strongly against the incumbent last time, and we know he has the momentum now going into this special election to win and send a strong message to Washington that the people need real change for the American people,"

July 7, 2011: The New York Times say that David Weprin, a New York state assemblyman will run as the Democratic candidate for the New York's 9th Congressional District Special Election. Weprin who is from Queens is considered a safe choice for the Democratic party. His father, Saul, served as the state assembly's speaker and his brother, Mark, is currently in the New York City Council. Weprin served in the City Council for eight years before getting elected to the assembly in 2010. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for city comptroller in 2009.

June 1, 2011: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a special election to fill the vacant U.S. Congress seat for New York's 9th congressional district. The special election is concurrent with the primary election in the state along with special elections for six vacant seats in the New York State Assembly - Oneida County, Erie County, Brooklyn, Manhattan and two in Queens.

Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Citizens Union, the New York Public Interest Research Group and others, in a joint statement said:

"The holding of special elections circumvents the democratic process by denying voters the opportunity to pick the candidates to represent their party as they would in a regular primary election. Special elections typically empower the interests of party leaders, rather than presenting voters with a real choice of candidates at the polls. They unfairly give hand-picked candidates the advantage of incumbency at the next general election and essentially result in candidates being appointed to office rather than elected given the lack of competitive races."

No Primaries

Since there is not enough time to hold primaries, the leaders of the parties are responsible to choose nominees for the special election.

  • Democratic Party: Representative Joseph Crowley, in his capacity as chair of the Queens County Democratic Party, would be responsible for choosing the Democratic nominee for the special election.
  • Republican Party: The leaders of the Republican Party will choose the Republican nominee for this election.
  • Candidates who are willing to contest without a party's endorsement will be required to gather at least 3,500 signatures from voters in the district in just 12 days