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Dems vie for the 7th Congressional seat

Velazquez challenged by Dilan, O’Connor

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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 2:38 pm, Thu Jun 28, 2012.

When Woodhaven Democrats head to the polls for the primary on June 26, they will not be able to cast their ballot for a candidate from their neck of the woods —but the three individuals running for the 7th Congressional District said they will focus on their Queens constituents, no matter how small a sliver of their area the borough constitutes.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), who already represents a small portion of Woodhaven; Councilman Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Manhattan economist Dan O’Connor are vying to represent the 7th CD, which was recently redrawn during the state’s redistricting process to include such communities as parts of Maspeth, Chinatown and Williamsburg.

Prior to redistricting, most of Woodhaven had been in the 9th Congressional District, now represented by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn).

Velazquez — who has landed endorsements from President Obama, former Mayor Ed Koch, the New York Post, The New York Times, and the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, among a slew of others — said she is focusing on job creation and securing federal resources for small business, especially those owned by women.

Dilan, who has also landed a number of high-profile endorsements — including those of state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) and the city’s construction trades — said he also wants to focus on economic development. At a meeting in Woodhaven last month, Dilan and a representative for Velazquez said they would like to focus on bringing in resources for shopping strips like Jamaica Avenue.

O’Connor, who has been endorsed by Manhattan’s Anliang Chinese Merchant Association, has cited a number of priorities, including supporting school vouchers, drawing down the number of troops serving abroad, lowering taxes, and creating a more transparent Federal Reserve.

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