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The Race is on

Monday, March 7, 2016

Some of the Democrats who want to succeed Steve Israel in Congress worked the room of more than 400 people at the annual fundraising dinner of the Long Island Federation of Labor Thursday night. Former North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Council Member Anna Kaplan, and Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern were there to gin up support among the base.

Missing were former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and attorney Jonathan Clarke of Jericho. However, all five are expected to start circulating nominating petitions on the first day possible — Tuesday, March 8. The congressional primary is June 28.

One Republican certain to start ringing doorbells Tuesday on the North Shore from Huntington to Queens is State Sen. Jack Martins, despite attempts by Republicans to keep him in Albany. (Martins made a contribution to the LI Fed dinner but was not at the Huntington Hilton event.) Another determined effort to get on the ballot will be made by retired Marine David Gurfein of Manhasset.

Will there be others?

This article first appeared in Newsday written by Rita Ciolli