Unopposed

The Associated Press just sent this list of unopposed candidates in races for the New York State Senate and Assembly.

I honestly hadn’t rubbed more than two brain cells together on this aspect of Election ’10, so I can’t say what my expectations were.  But I can say I didn’t expect a list this long.

Sen. Betty Little  (R-Queensbury) is in here. So is Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro). Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is on this list, too, despite all the vituperation and invective hurled at him this year.

Take a look at this list. Any surprises for you?

State Senate – District 10 Shirley Huntley Dem

State Senate – District 23 Diane Savino, Dem

State Senate – District 24 Andrew Lanza, GOP

State Senate – District 45 Elizabeth Little, GOP

State Senate – District 51 James Seward, GOP

State Assembly – District 22 Grace Meng, Dem

State Assembly – District 25 Rory Lancman, Dem

State Assembly – District 27 Nettie Mayersohn, Dem

State Assembly – District 29 William Scarborough, Dem

State Assembly – District 31 Michele Titus, Dem

State Assembly – District 32 Vivian Cook, Dem

State Assembly – District 33 Barbara Clark, Dem

State Assembly – District 34 Michael DenDekker, Dem

State Assembly – District 35 Jeffrion Aubry, Dem

State Assembly – District 36 Aravella Simotas, Dem

State Assembly – District 58 Nick Perry, Dem

State Assembly – District 61 Matthew Titone, Dem

State Assembly – District 63 Michael Cusick, Dem

State Assembly – District 64 Sheldon Silver, Dem

State Assembly – District 65 Micah Kellner, Dem

State Assembly – District 67 Linda Rosenthal, Dem

State Assembly – District 69 Daniel O’Donnell, Dem

State Assembly – District 98 Aileen Gunther, Dem

State Assembly – District 106 Ronald Canestrari, Dem

State Assembly – District 107 Clifford Crouch, GOP

State Assembly – District 112 Tony Jordan, GOP

State Assembly – District 113 Teresa Sayward, GOP

State Assembly – District 115 Claudia Tenney, GOP

State Assembly – District 117 Marc Butler, GOP

State Assembly – District 123 Gary Finch, GOP

State Assembly – District 124 William Barclay, GOP

State Assembly – District 127Peter Lopez, GOP

State Assembly – District 128 Robert Oaks, GOP

State Assembly – District 129 Brian Kolb, GOP

State Assembly – District 133 David Gantt, Dem

State Assembly – District 136 Philip Palmesano, GOP

State Assembly – District 141 Crystal Peoples, Dem

State Assembly – District 142 Jane Corwin, GOP

State Assembly – District 145 Mark Schroeder, Dem

State Assembly – District 147 Daniel Burling, GOP

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14 Comments on “Unopposed”

  1. Fred Goss says:

    There may be a good deal of invective and vituperation hurled at Shelley Silver but I dont much of it eminates from his own district in Lower Manhattan….

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  2. Dale Hobson says:

    My little protest is that I never vote for candidates who run unopposed. I just move on to the next ballot line. I could write in “N.A. Poser” instead, but the vote tallyers have a hard enough job.

    Dale Hobson
    NCPR Online

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  3. Brian says:

    Does this mean lacking “major party” opposition or lacking any opposition at all?

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  4. Brian says:

    I do what Dale does… though one exception for me is Teresa Sayward, who I always vote for as a reward for her courageous votes in favor of apply the equal protection of the law to gays who want to get married. Those rare pols who put what is just and moral ahead of party orthodoxy get my support, even if they’re Republican and running unopposed.

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  5. Jonathan Brown says:

    Brian-

    “Unopposed” means running without an opponent’s name printed on the ballot.

    Jonathan, NCPR

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  6. knuckleheadedliberal says:

    The two major parties have divided the country into “non-opposition” districts in which it is very difficult for the other party to challenge the incumbent.

    That was the beauty of Howard Dean’s approach to politics; contesting every race keeps people honest. The trouble is that it has become so expensive to run a campaign that it cuts virtually everyone out of the process.

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  7. scratchy says:

    It’s unfortunate, most of them need to be voted out. Especially Silver.

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  8. rockydog says:

    Why is that a protest Dale? You are punishing someone who is running for office just because no one else wants to step to the plate? Lame

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  9. Pete Klein says:

    I have a simple policy when it comes to voting. If they are unopposed, even if I like them, I don’t vote for them.
    No sense in encouraging these people too much.

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  10. Michael Cusick is NOT running unopposed in the 63rd District. I am running against him on the Libertarian line.

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  11. Thom says:

    There are two on here that are definitely not unopposed. Cusick and Titone from Staten Island, both Democrats, and being challenged by 2 Libertarians, Danny Panzella (AD-63) and Dave Narby (AD-61) respectively.

    Jonathan, can you forward that list? Was it faxed, emailed?

    –thom

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  12. Some of these candidates are NOT running unopposed. Just look at the NY State Board of Elections Candidate list, at http://www.elections.state.ny.us:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=Candidat_32 to find:

    State Assembly – District 61 Dave Narby, Libertarian
    State Assembly – District 63 Danny Panzella, Libertarian

    The fact that such information is ignored is not a positive sign for the objectivity or accuracy of the Associated Press.

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  13. Dale Hobson says:

    Rockydog says:
    “You are punishing someone who is running for office just because no one else wants to step to the plate?”

    My protest is not against the candidates who run unopposed; in many cases I voted for them when they were opposed. My protest is against a system oriented toward creating incumbency security–redistricting plans that create uncompetetive districts, combined with a huge incumbent fundraising advantage. An unopposed candidate is not engaged in election, but coronation. Both parties are equal players in this dance, and me no likey.

    Dale Hobson, NCPR

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  14. anon says:

    i live in shelly’s district and was happy to write-in for jimmy mcmillan instead.
    but as long as he has the les co-ops in his pocket he’ll keep getting reelected no matter how many skeletons are exposed. he may be a scum-bag, but he’s their scum-bag.
    sometimes it’s inferred to his locals that sure he’s corrupt, but his corruption benefits his district so wink-wink go along with the program.

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