Primary Election June 28, 2022
The following list is unofficial and includes information about known candidates from the two major parties. Due to the recent court decision regarding Congressional and State Senate districts, the candidates for those ballots were not finalized as of the WestView News deadline—information is based on the best sources available. For further details and more up to date information visit Ballotpedia.org.
The primary for Governor, U.S. Senate and NY State Assembly is June 28, 2022. The primary for U.S. House of Representatives and NY State Senate is August 23, 2022, and the Primary candidates for those races will be featured in the July issue of WestView News.
2022 NY Gubernatorial Candidates
DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATES
A lifelong New Yorker, Kathy was born and raised in a blue-collar Irish Catholic family in Buffalo. Kathy watched her mother raise six children. She earned a B.A. from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Catholic University. Hochul worked as an attorney in private practice. She also served as an aide to Rep. John LaFalce, as an aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, as Deputy Clerk of Erie County in New York, and as Clerk of Erie County.
Jumaane Williams has served as New York City’s Public Advocate since 2019. Prior, he represented Brooklyn’s 45th District in the New York City Council. Jumaane is a first-generation Brooklynite of Grenadian heritage. After graduating, Jumaane began his career as a community organizer by serving as the assistant director for the Greater Flatbush Beacon School, then later as the executive director of New York State Tenants & Neighbors.
A member of the U.S. House, representing New York’s 3rd Congressional District. On November 29, 2021 Suozzi announced that he would not seek re-election in the United States House of Representatives and instead would run for Governor. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Suozzi served as the county executive of Nassau County, and as mayor of Glen Gove, New York.
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CANDIDATES
Harry Wilson grew up in Johnstown, the son and grandson of Greek immigrants. His dad tended bar and his mom worked at a sewing factory. Harry was the first in his family to go to college, working his way through by cleaning toilets and tending bar. He found success in business and used his skills to turnaround and save struggling companies.
Andrew worked with the Treasury Department and Health and Human Services to ensure that the $3.9 million that had been inadvertently taken out of the 9/11 First Responders Fund over thirteen years and three administrations was completely refunded.
Astorino has been Westchester County Executive since 2009. Prior to his election, he worked in the radio industry, including spending time as station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosting a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the archbishop of New York.
In 2008, Lee established a successful law practice in Smithtown, NY. , and was elected to the New York State Senate two years later.
2022 US Senate Candidates
DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATES
Chuck Schumer (i)
Schumer was born in Brooklyn and attended Harvard College, where he became interested in politics and campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in 1968. He graduated Harvard Law School, earning his JD with honors. Schumer is currently the Senate majority leader. He previously served as Senate minority leader, and was first elected to the Senate in 1998.
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Moses Mugulusi earned a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College in 2007. He earned a graduate degree from Long Island University in 2009. His career experience includes working as a financial regulator.
Khaled Salem was born in Cairo, Egypt. He immigrated to the United States in 1992 and settled in New York, New York, where he has resided ever since. Salem’s professional experience includes working as a defense contractor and as the CEO of the nonprofit American Human Rights Organization.
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CANDIDATES
From his childhood growing up in Yonkers, to the faces he encountered working at a Bronx community non-profit in America’s poorest congressional district, Joe has seen the impact of government sanctioned neglect up close. Joe entered Political Journalism knowing that bad things happen when people who know better do nothing.
Joshua Eisen earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in 1992. He attended NYU and Columbia University for his graduate studies, earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Eisen’s career experience includes working as a businessman and entrepreneur.
Alex believes the Democrats are pushing to make our nation look more like the communist dictatorship he fled years ago. He observed firsthand how dangerous the Socialist creep into American politics will turn out to be.
Szuszkiewicz was born in Brooklyn, New York. His career experience includes working as a financial advisor, real estate agent, truck driver, and local cable television host. He has been affiliated with Family On Three and the New York Young Republicans Club.
Tyrell Lev Sharif Ben-Avi
As a child, Tyrell was diagnosed with a profound stutter that paralyzed his ability to speak and altered how he dealt with life. He believed that his voice would never be fully heard because of this deficiency. He grew to understand and appreciate the disability and worked past its limitations to use his voice for those who felt unheard.
2022 NY State Assembly Candidates District 66—Democratic Only
Glick earned her BA from CUNY, Queens College, and her MBA from Fordham. Her professional experience includes being director of printing services for NYC Department of General Services and as a manager of a printing business she owned.
Born at St. Vincent’s and raised near Union Square, Kessler attended Hunter College HS and Harvard. After graduating, he moved to the West Village. His work has included social impact entrepreneurship, progressive organizing and voting rights.