George Latimer announces he is running again.

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2014. July 21,2014 UPDATED with Correction in BOLD FACE July 21, 2014:

Yesterday at an annual summer picnic in his home community of Rye, Senator George Latimer formally launched his re-election campaign for the 37th State Senate District.

“Over an extended period of time, I’ve put partisan politics aside in the interest of getting real results that our constituents demand of us and I’ve done that at every level of government that I’ve been privileged to serve at,” Latimer said.  “It’s important after two years in the Senate to continue those efforts and reach all of the people in all parts of this district.  This campaign will be about the people of this district and the State issues that face them, not the interests of political parties and cynical insiders.  We’ve made some significant progress over the last two years fighting to improve the economy, our classrooms, and our communities as a whole.  There are issues that remain incomplete; it’s important for the people of this district to elect the best advocate to fight for their needs.”

Latimer’s announcement comes on the conclusion of the formal party designating process where candidates collect signatures on a petition for their name to appear on the ballot.  Latimer will appear on the Democratic and Working Families Party ballot lines.  His campaign announced last week that they had completed the petition process with approximately 4,000 signatures, nearly 4 times the minimum amount required.

Latimer said, “Our strength during the petition drive reaffirms that there is tremendous grassroots support for my candidacy and now, it has manifested in every corner of the district, from Bedford to Yonkers.”

Latimer served in the Rye City Council, County Legislature and State Assembly representing the Sound Shore communities only until he was elected to the Senate in 2012.  The 37th District encompasses East Yonkers, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, White Plains, Harrison, North Castle, Armonk, Bedford, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City and New Rochelle.

“I’ve worked hard over the last two years to develop relationships in the 15 communities,” Latimer explained.  “I’m fully prepared to go to every voter I can to ask them to put their faith in me again for another 2 years.  I plan on running a spirited campaign about the issues, and their impact on Westchester families, not a slash and burn campaign that focuses on who controls the institution.”

In an earlier report today, WPCNR  reported that Liz Feld, former Mayor of Larchmont, was the Republican candidate opposing Latimer. This is not correct.. Liz Feld’s office at Autism Speaks told WPCNR this is incorrect, due to an old posting on the New Yorkers for Growth website.

To date the Republican Party has not advised who they are running against Latimer.

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