All 435 congressional seats are up for reelection this November 6th. However some candidates had to pass over the primary election hurdle if they had contenders within their party for their seat. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s 12th district seat was the only house seat in North Brooklyn that had a vier. A primary was held on June 26th to determine who would face re-publican Eliot Rabin in the November 6th election.
The challenger, Suraj Patel, is a hotelier who moved here a dozen years ago to study law at NYU. Rep. Maloney has lived in NYC since 1970, worked for the Dept. of Ed. as an educator and administrator, and was first elected to congress in 1992. Patel’s strategy pulled out all the techie stops, irked some folks on social media, and plastered North Brooklyn with pink posters of his ¾ profile in blue. Maloney amped up her marketing campaign and presented a clearer platform than her competition. She won by nearly a 20% margin.