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Hey Brooklyn, The August Primary is Here, and Early Voting Starts Saturday August 13!

Here's what you need to know about candidates running for congressional House and state Senate seats
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It's time to head to the polls. Early voting starts on Aug. 13 and runs through Aug. 21, two days before primary election day on Aug. 23. Voters will choose which candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and state Senate will  represent their party in the November general election. 

Some voters will discover that they live in a different district from past elections. That's because of the redistricting process following the 2020 Census. It mostly impacted congressional House and state Senate districts.

Updated election day and early voting poll site and ballot samples are available online at the New York Board of Elections site.

Candidates for the House of Representatives

District 7: 

Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, the incumbent, has represented the district since 1992

Nydia Velazquez

Paperboy Love Prince is a Web3 Developer, rapper and activist. 

Paperboy Love Prince

District 8:

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is the incumbent candidate. He has represented the district since taking office in 2013. 

Hakeem Jeffries

Queen Johnson is a community organizer, mutual aid giver, public servant, and human rights activist.

Queen Johnson

District 9:

Rep. Yvette Clarke has been a member of the Congress since 2007. She’s running unopposed in the primaries.

yvette Clarke

District 10:

This newly redrawn congressional district spans much of Lower Manhattan and a large swathe of Brooklyn, including parts of Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park and Borough Park. 

Bill de Blasio, the former mayor of New York City, has dropped out of the race.

Quanda Francis is a former candidate for New York State comptroller and NYC mayor. 

Quandra Francis

Peter Gleason is a civil rights attorney.

Daniel Goldman is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. 

Daniel Goldman

Elizabeth Holtzman is a former congresswoman, Brooklyn district attorney and state comptroller.

Liz Holtzman

Mondaire Jones is serving his first term in Congress. 

Mondaire Jones

Jimmy Li is a grass-root community advocate who co-founded the New York City Asian-American Democratic Club and Asian American Community Empowerment (AACE). 

Jimmy Li

Maud Maron is an attorney who has worked as a public defender. 

Maud Maron

Yuh-Line Niou is an Assembly member serving Assembly District 65.

Yuh-Line Niou

Carlina Rivera has represented City Council District 2 since 2018.

Carlina Rivera


Brian Robinson is a consumer and small business advocate.

Jo Anne Simon is an Assembly member, disability civil rights lawyer, educator and community activist.

Jo Anne Simon

Yan Xiong is a community leader, pastor, and U.S. Army veteran.

Yan Xiong

District 11:

Komi Agoda-Koussema is a public school educator who has taught in several high schools across the city. 

Komi Agoda-Koussema

Brittany Ramos Debarros is a community organizer and a U.S. Army combat veteran.

Brittany Pebarros

Max Rose is a decorated veteran and former congressman.  

Max Rose

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican, is the incumbent candidate for the GOP.

Nicole Malliotakis

John Matland, a Republican candidate, is a health care worker.

John Matland

Candidates for New York State Senate

District 18: 

Sen. Julia Salazar is an incumbent candidate running unopposed in the primaries.  

Julia Salazar

District 19: 

Sen. Roxanne Persaud  is an incumbent candidate running unopposed in the primaries.

Roxanne Persaud

District 20: 

Sen. Zellnor Myrie  is an incumbent candidate running unopposed in the primaries. 

Zellnor Myrie

District 21: 

David Alexis is a rideshare driver, former home health aide, and co-founder of the Drivers Cooperative.

David Alexis

Keagan Marie Mays-Williams is a former Manhattan assistant district attorney.

Keagan Marie Mays-Williams

Sen. Kevin Parker is the incumbent candidate, serving in the state Senate for 20 years. 

Sen. Kevin Parker

District 23: 

Sarah Blas is the director of equity and inclusion for Staten Island Women Who March.

Sarah Blas

Rajiv S. Gowda is an engineer and advocate for immigrants and working families.  

Rajiv Gowda

Bianca Rajpersaud serves as district leader for the 63rd AD and president for the North Shore Democratic Club.  

Bianca Rajpersaud

Jessica Scarcella-Spanton is a public safety and anti-gun violence advocate. 

Jessica Scarcella Spanton

Sergey Fedorov, a Republican candidates, works for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Sergey Fedorov

Joseph Tirone is a Republican businessman.

Joseph Tirone

District 25: 

Sen. Jabari Brisport is the incumbent candidate and a former public school teacher.

Jabari Brisport

Renee Holmes has taught in public schools and ran a youth program. 

Renee Holmes

Conrad Bennette Tillard is a minister and CUNY adjunct professor. 

Conrad Tillard

District 26: 

Sen. Andrew Gounardes is an incumbent who was elected in November 2018. 

Andrew Gounardes

David Yassky is the former City Council member from Brooklyn Heights. 

David Yassky

District 59:

This newly formed district includes parts of the Brooklyn waterfront, as well as parts of Queens and Manhattan. 

Michael D. Corbett is a third-generation Teamster and union leader. 

Michael Corbett

Elizabeth Crowley is a former City Council member from Queens. 

Elizabeth Crowley

Kristen S. Gonzalez is a tech worker and community organizer. 

Kristen Gonzalez

Nomiki Konst is an activist who founded the women’s group Matriarch.

Nomiki Konst

Francoise Olivas is a small business owner and community organizer. 

Francoise Olivas

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