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Campaign season hits the final stretch

Candidates: Get out there and vote

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Thu Nov 7, 2013.

Election Day is just around the corner and candidates are seeking your vote.

In Western Queens, Council incumbents Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Daniel Dromm (D- Jackson Heights) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) are running unopposed so all three are expected back in the Council chambers come January.

But with a majority of Western Queens electeds remaining the same, the most exciting race is probably the District 22 City Council race.

Long-serving Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is being term-limited out. Earlier in the year, Vallone ran for borough president but was beaten by Melinda Katz.

With his seat wide-open, several candidates have thrown their hat in the ring and are looking for votes from the Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights community.

The candidates include:

Lynne Serpe, running on the Green Party Line, is looking to bring greener jobs and a better living environment to Queens.

Costa Constantanides, the Democrat nominee and front-runner, has discussed improving air quality and bringing ferry service to the soon-to-be developed Hunters Point.

Danielle De Stefano, on the Independence line, is running on a platform of improving public safety and sanitation.

Borough-wide, Democrat Katz and Republican Tony Arcabasio have been duking it out be the next borough president.

No matter what your political party affiliation or which candidate you feel will best serve your community, each candidate has urged people to get out and vote.

“It’s so important for people to vote,” Constantanides said in a previous interview. “I think every candidate agrees when I say we don’t care as much who you vote for as we care that you get out and vote for someone.”

Serpe and De Stefano shared similar sentiments.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

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