Seat of retiring Rep. Peter King up for grabs in 2nd Congressional District
One of the state's biggest races is in the 2nd Congressional District, where the seat held by retiring Rep. Peter King is up for grabs.
Voters along the South Shore will be choosing a new representative for the first time since 1993, when King first took office. He announced last year that he would not be seeking reelection.
The race is between Republican state Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino and Democrat Jackie Gordon, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and a former Babylon town councilwoman.
Gordon won the Democratic primary by a wide margin of over 40 points. Garbarino's GOP primary won comfortably as well by a margin of over 30%.
Gordon came to the U.S. from Jamaica as a young child. She says she is working to protect the Affordable Care Act and lowering the prices on prescription drugs.
"I've spoken to thousands of voters, and the issues they're concerned with, which is what I'll be championing for them, is health care. It's really top of mind, it hasn't changed, it has really been amplified."
Garbarino says he's focused on public safety and lower taxes.
"I know what's important to Long Islanders, and over my eight years in Albany I've always fought for what's good for Long Island," he says.
Garbarino has been endorsed by King and was joined by him on the campaign trail in Massapequa Park.
On the third party line is Green Party candidate Harry Burger. According to his website, he's running on a platform that includes reducing military spending by 50% and universal health care.
Newsday columnist Joye Brown says with the district split between two counties, the candidates have to appeal to a big block of Republicans in Nassau and blue areas in Suffolk.