Know Your Vote: NYC's Congressional Primary Elections - June 26, 2018

June 15, 2018

On June 26, New York City voters will vote in party primaries in six congressional districts touching parts of all five boroughs. To supplement our nonpartisan Voter Guide, we’ve collected news stories from each competitive congressional primary race in NYC. We’ll provide daily updates so voters can make an informed choice on Election Day.

To vote in either the Democratic or Republican party primary elections, you must be enrolled in the party. Click this link to verify your voter registration and party enrollment status.

Democratic Party: 5th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and the 16th congressional districts
Republican Party: 11th Congressional District
Conservative Party: 11th Congressional District (write-in contest)
Reform Party: 7th and the 15th congressional districts (write-in contest; any voter who is not enrolled in another party and who lives in those Congressional districts may cast a ballot in the Reform Party primary.)

Last updated on 06/20/2018

5th Congressional District

Borough(s): Queens and Nassau County
Election(s):
Democratic Primary
Candidates: Carl H. Achille, Mizan Choudhury, Gregory W. Meeks

  • May 17, 2018 – Congressional Candidate Achille Announces Fed Plan to Help Veterans (Queens County Politics)
  • May 17, 2018 – Just three Members of Congress representing Queens are being challenged in June primary (QNS)

9th Congressional District

Borough(s): Brooklyn
Election(s): Democratic Primary
Candidates: Adem Bunkeddeko, Yvette D. Clarke

  • June 19, 2018 – Democratic primary debate, 9th Congressional District: Clarke vs. Bunkeddeko (NY1 - Part I; Part II - subscribers only)
  • June 12, 2018 New York Congressional Primaries to Watch Ahead of June 26 Vote (Gotham Gazette)
  • May 24, 2018 – Clarke ignores invitation to debate (Brooklyn Daily)
  • May 21, 2018 – Clarke Refuses to Debate Benkeddeko (Kings County Politics)
  • May 21, 2018 – Dozens of Supporters and Politicians Gather to Support Clarke (Kings County Politics)
  • May 18, 2018 – Black Women Are Rising Up in Politics Nationwide… But What About New York? (New York Observer)
  • April 26, 2018 – Primary Fight: Meet Adem Bunkeddeko (NY1)
  • April 23, 2018 – 2018’s ‘Woke 100 Women’ List To Highlight Black Women Change-Agents (Essence)
  • April 20, 2018 – Why Adem Bunkeddeko is Taking on the Democratic Establishment (Now This)
  • March 26, 2018 – Yvette Clarke will donate $2K to offset contribution from crooked restaurateur (New York Post)
  • February 22, 2018 – ‘Tis the season for Democratic challengers (Brooklyn Daily)
  • February 19, 2018 – Brooklyn Mother and Daughter’s Political Path Was A First For City (NY1)
  • February 15, 2018 – Congresswoman Clarke Meets With Brooklyn Postmaster (Bklyner)
  • February 14, 2018 – The Millennials Shaking Up New York Politics (Wall Street Journal)
  • February 11, 2018 – Progressives storm Democratic primaries (Politico)
  • January 19, 2018 – Adem Bunkeddeko And The American Dream (Bklyner)
  • January 9, 2018 – Upstart Democrat raises over $120G in race against Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clark (New York Daily News)
  • October 19, 2017 – Meet the 29-Year-Old Harvard Grad Running for Congress in Brooklyn (DNAinfo)
  • October 12, 2017 – In a Superstar City, Lackluster Politics (The New York Times)
  • October 5, 2017 – Congresswoman Clarke talks gentrifying Brooklyn (Caribbean Life)
  • May 8, 2017 – Town Hall With Reps. Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke About President Trump (Patch)
  • February 22, 2017 – Congresswoman Yvette Clarke on the Democratic Resistance (WNYC)

11th Congressional District

Borough(s): Staten Island and Brooklyn
Election(s):
Conservative (write-in), Democratic, Republican primaries
Candidates:
Michael Devito Jr. (D), Dan Donovan (R), Zach Emig (D), Michael Grimm (R), Radhakrishna Mohan (D), Max N. Rose (D), Paul Sperling (D), Omar Vaid (D)

  • June 20, 2018  Grimm Compares Migrant Children's Conditions to 'Day Care' Dropoff (Roll Call)
  • June 18, 2018  Chamber of Commerce hopes to boost Dan Donovan with TV ad (NY Post)
  • June 17, 2018  Editorial: The Advance endorses Dan Donovan in the Republican Primary (SI Advance)
  • June 15, 2018  Pro-Trump Super PAC Jumps into Primary to Back Dan Donovan (Roll Call)
  • June 14, 2018  Watch: Full Grimm-Donovan Debate on NY1 (NY1)
  • June 14, 2018 – Michael Grimm, Daniel Donovan square off in subdued second debate in race for Staten Island congressional seat (New York Daily News)
  • June 14, 2018  Grimm lobs grenade into GOP primary with Trump pardon claim (Politico)
  • June 13, 2018 – Why Staten Island still loves Michael Grimm (City & State NY)
  • June 12, 2018 – New York Congressional Primaries to Watch Ahead of June 26 Vote (Gotham Gazette)
  • June 11, 2018 One's a Felon? Eh. G.O.P. Debate Focuses on Who's Most Like Trump (The New York Times
  • June 4, 2018 – Grimm leads Donovan by 10 points in new NY1-Siena poll (Politico)
  • June 1, 2018 – Grimm makes first ad buy against Trump-backed Donovan as race tightens (Politico)
  • May 30, 2018 – Out of prison and unrepentant, Michael Grimm wants his seat back in Congress (Yahoo News)
  • May 30, 2018 – Trump endorses Donovan over Grimm (Politico)
  • May 24, 2018 – Your voice matters: What would YOU ask the congressional candidates? (Staten Island Advance)
  • May 23, 2018 – Is Michael Grimm Trump’s Comeback Kid? (The Federalist)
  • May 22, 2018 – Max Rose Is The First Post-9/11 Combat Vet To Seek Office in NYC—And He Might Win (Rantt)
  • May 20, 2018 – Out of Prison, Back to Congress? Michael Grimm Is Trying on Staten Island (The New York Times)
  • May 19, 2018 – Scaramucci campaigns for ex-con Michael Grimm (New York Post)
  • May 18, 2018 – Giuliani to campaign in support of Donovan’s re-election bid (New York Post)
  • May 14, 2018 – Staten Island House hopeful Max Rose get endorsement from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (New York Daily News)
  • May 11, 2018 – Republicans Are Hard at Work o Turn Staten Island Blue (The American Prospect)
  • May 9, 2018 – Congressional candidates descend on Bay Ridge for forum (Brooklyn Reporter)
  • May 9, 2018 – Dan Donovan vs. Michael Grimm: Staten Island’s heated GOP Congressional Primary (Staten Island Advance)
  • May 9, 2018 – Congressional candidates descend on Bay Ridge for forum (Brooklyn Reporter)
  • May 4, 2018 – Brannan endorses Max Rose for Congress (Bklyner)
  • May 4, 2018 – Rose Adds to Lengthy List of Endorsements (Kings County Politics)
  • May 4, 2018 – Donovan campaign denies voter harassment; criminal complaint filed (Staten Island Advance)
  • May 4, 2018 – Michael Grimm to challenge Rep. Dan Donovan on Conservative Party line (Staten Island Advance)
  • May 2, 2018 – ‘Arguably the most desperate act I’ve ever seen a sitting member of Congress do’ (Politico)
  • May 1, 2018 – Grimm Plans Conservative Party Primary (NY State of Politics)
  • April 30, 2018 – Scaramucci to Headline Fundraiser for Grimm on Staten Island (NY1)
  • April 25, 2018 – 6 Democrats Debate On The Other Side Of The Grimm-Donovan Race (NY1)
  • April 24, 2018 – Dem hopeful Max Rose leads all congressional candidates in campaign cash (Staten Island Advance)
  • April 24, 2018 – Which Island congressional candidate did Rosie O’Donnell donate $2.7k to? (Staten Island Advance)
  • April 21, 2018 – Disgraced ex-Congressman Michael Grimm holds big lead over Rep. Dan Donovan in GOP primary, poll shows (New York Daily News)
  • April 16, 2018 – Wave of Muslim candidates across US look to reverse Trump policies (Middle East Eye)
  • April 12, 2018 – Staten Island House hopeful Max Rose boasts $570G donation haul (AM New York)
  • April 11, 2018 – Dan Donovan’s Record Tackling Staten Island’s Opioid Crisis (NY1)
  • April 2, 2018 – Donovan blames Grimm for heroin arrest flap (Politico)
  • April 2, 2018 – Staten Island Congressman Says He Never Used His Political Office to Help Girlfriend’s Son After Drug Arrest (NBC New York)
  • April 2, 2018 – Donovan Accused of Helping Partner’s Son Out of Drug Bust (Roll Call)
  • March 28, 2018 – How Veterans Are Powering the Democrats’ 2018 Hopes (Politico)
  • March 7, 2018 – War Vet Dem Trying to Flip NYC’s Lone ‘Red’ Congressional Seat Blue (City Limits)
  • February 20, 2018 – Can These Congressional Candidates Overthrow the Establishment (New York Observer)
  • February 16, 2018 – Conservative Party endorses Donovan for Congress (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
  • February 9, 2018 – Staten Island Dem party backs Max Rose for Congress (Staten Island Advance)
  • February 7, 2018 – Meet the Candidate: Max Rose Enters Grimm-Donovan Race On Staten Island (NY1)
  • February 6, 2018 – Unions shore up New York City’s lone GOP congressman (Crain’s New York Business)
  • January 30, 2018 – Radhakrishna Mohan Announces Candidacy for New York's 11th Congressional District, Will Face Another Indian American in Race, Omar Vaid (India West)
  • January 27, 2018 – Purple Heart vet sets sights on NYC’s most conservative district (New York Post)
  • January 22, 2018 – Max Rose, a Democratic challenger to Dan Donovan, gets Hoyer endorsement (City & State NY)
  • January 22, 2018 – Immigrants Unions Make America Stronger, Says Congressional Candidate Omar Vaid (India West)
  • January 18, 2018 – Donovan Aims At Grimm; Dem Candidates Endorsed (Kings County Politics)
  • January 18, 2018 – Donovan Aims At Grimm; Dem Candidates Endorsed (Kings County Politics)
  • January 17, 2018 – Donovan makes it official; Melson backs DeVito (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
  • January 17, 2018 – Indian American Omar Vaid running for Congress in New York (News India Times)
  • January 10, 2018 – National Dem Party Backs Rose TO Defeat Donovan (Kings County Politics)
  • January 2, 2018 – Muslim-American House Candidate Bolstered Thru Social Media (Kings County Politics)
  • December 14, 2017 – Political outsider Omar Vaid throws his hat in the ring to oust Donovan (Brooklyn Daily)
  • November 29, 2017 – Trump Must Resign After Anti-Islam Retweets, Muslim Congressional Candidate Says (Newsweek)
  • November 22, 2017 – Coffee clash! Ridgites respect and rebuke Rep. Donovan at confrontational coffee klatsch (Brooklyn Daily)
  • September 22, 2017 – Sixth Dem, a lifelong Staten Islander, challenges Donovan (Staten Island Advance)

12th Congressional District

Borough(s): Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Roosevelt Island
Election(s):
Democratic Primary
Candidates:
 Carolyn Maloney, Suraj Patel

  • June 14, 2018  Maloney all smiled with diplomat who likened drug war to 'Final Solution' (New York Post)
  • June 12, 2018 Maloney goes on attack in debate with primary challenger (Politico)
  • June 12, 2018  Parsing Patel's political posts (Our Town) 
  • June 12, 2018 – New York Congressional Primaries to Watch Ahead of June 26 Vote (Gotham Gazette)
  • May 24, 2018 – Hotels owned by Carolyn Maloney challenger Suraj Patel face years of labor complaints (New York Daily News)
  • May 17, 2018 – Just three Members of Congress representing Queens are being challenged in June primary (QNS)
  • May 10, 2018 – Suraj Patel is taking on Carolyn Maloney, and the rest of his party (City & State NY)
  • May 9, 2018 - Could a ‘defund ICE’ strategy work in the 2018 election? Suraj Patel seems to think so (Daily Dot)
  • May 3, 2018 – Primary Battle: Carolyn Maloney’s Bid For Re-election (NY1)
  • April 29, 2018 – Safe seats? Anti-Trump wave may wash out some Democrats, too (NBC News)
  • April 25, 2018 – New York Congressional Primary Fight: Meet Suraj Patel (NY1)
  • April 12, 2018 – N.Y.U. prof and ‘truther’ poised to challenge Maloney in primary (The Villager)
  • April 9, 2018 – New York Democrat raises $1.1 million to challenge Rep. Carolyn Maloney (The Washington Post)
  • April 2, 2018 – Rep. Carolyn Maloney Has Stake in Entity Notorious for Evicting Tenants (Roll Call)
  • April 2, 2018 – East Village Resident Suraj Patel Challenges Rep. Carolyn Maloney in June Primary (The Lo-Down)
  • March 27, 2018 – Suraj Patel, Running for NYC Congress, Is Recruting Voters Through Workout Classes (Men’s Health)
  • March 23, 2018 – This progressive millennial aims to bring change to America’s wealthiest congressional district (Mic)
  • March 23, 2018 – Democratic insurgent Suraj Patel says millennials will bolster him in N.Y. primary (India Abroad)
  • March 17, 2018 – Carolyn Maloney: Suraj Patel’s Campaign Donors Include “A Huge Amount Of The Name Patel” (BuzzFeed)
  • March 14, 2018 – Carolyn Maloney runs campaign ad… on Breitbart? (City & State NY)
  • March 5, 2018 – Selling Politics Like a Lifestyle Brand (Racked)
  • March 4, 2018 – Congress candidate makes ‘creepy’ comments about McKayla Maroney (New York Post)
  • February 16, 2018 – Suraj Patel Wants To Redefine What It Means To Be A Democrat (Queens County Politics)
  • February 14, 2018 – The Millennials Shaking Up New York Politics (Wall Street Journal)
  • February 11, 2018 – Progressives storm Democratic primaries (Politico)
  • February 1, 2018 – Primary challenger outraising New York’s Maloney, campaign reports (Politico)

14th Congressional District

Borough(s): Queens and The Bronx
Election(s):
Democratic Primary
Candidates: Joseph Crowley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  • June 15, 2018 – Debate between the incumbent Joe Crowley and the challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY1 - Part I; Part II)
  • June 15, 2018  Queens Democratic club snubs longtime Rep. Joe Crowley (NY Post)
  • June 13, 2018 – Meet the Bronx-Born Puerto Rican Challenging One of the Most Powerful House Democrats (Refinery 29)
  • June 13, 2018  Progressive freshman backtracks on Crowley endorsement (Politico)
  • June 13, 2018 – Joe Crowley collapses at protest over Trump immigration policies (New York Post)
  • June 12, 2018 – New York Congressional Primaries to Watch Ahead of June 26 Vote (Gotham Gazette)
  • May 30, 2018 – Primary challenger thinks Joe Crowley is vulnerable on the left (City & State NY)
  • May 29, 2018 – Stacey Abrams Didn’t Play It Safe. Neither Do These Female Candidates (The New York Times)
  • May 25, 2018 – More than a dozen Queens elected officials endorse Crowley in primary challenge (Times Ledger)
  • May 23, 2018 – This Berniecrat Aims To Unseat A Queens Power Broker (Ozy)
  • May 22, 2018 – A Primary Against The Machine: A Bronx Activist Looks to Dethrone Joseph Crowley, The King of Queens (The Intercept)
  • May 17, 2018 – Challenging Crowley (NY1)
  • May 17, 2018 – Just three Members of Congress representing Queens are being challenged in June primary (QNS)
  • May 10, 2017 – Ocasio-Cortez on the ballot in NY-14 (Queens Chronicle)
  • May 3, 2018 – Progressive newcomer targets Queens’ Joseph Crowley as symbol of ‘old-school’ machine politics (AM New York)
  • May 2, 2018 – Crowley Endorsed By Two Dozen Labor Unions (Queens Gazette)
  • April 25, 2018 – Progressive Democrat is Taking on Crowley for Congress, Says ‘Queens of Today is not Queens of 20-Years ago” (Sunnyside Post)
  • April 22, 2018 – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to be a progressive alternative for New York Democrats (Salon)
  • April 17, 2018 – Queens party boss angles to succeed Pelosi as speaker (Politico)
  • April 11, 2018 – Joseph Crowley, 56 Years Young and Ready to Succeed the Old Guard (Roll Call)
  • April 5, 2018 – The Preeminent Fundraising Group For Democratic Women Is Stuck In The Middle Of The Party’s Wars (BuzzFeed)
  • April 5, 2018 – Grassroots Candidate Challenges Crowley (Queens Tribune)
  • March 26, 2018 – The Bronx resident will be Queens Congressman Joe Crowley’s first primary challenger in 14 years (QNS)
  • March 22, 2018 – Talking With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Woman Challenging One of New York's Political Kingmakers (Splinter)
  • February 28, 2018 – Meet the young progressive Latina trying to oust one of the most powerful Democrats in the House (Mic)
  • February 14, 2018 – The Millennials Shaking Up New York Politics (Wall Street Journal)
  • February 11, 2018 – Progressives storm Democratic primaries (Politico)
  • February 8, 2018 – In the shadow of Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Crowley campaigns – but for what? (The Washington Post)
  • December 21, 2017 – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Challenges Joe Crowley In Congressional Primary (Queens County Politics)
  • December 14, 2017 – Courting the King of New York City Politics (Wall Street Journal)
  • November 7, 2017 – Can Local Candidates Ever Defeat the Political Machine? (CityLab)
  • November 2, 2017 – Queens Machine, Part 4: Meet the Boss (WNYC)
  • June 22, 2017 – Progressives Shrug Off Georgia Loss, Focus on Winning Elsewhere (Daily Beast)
  • June 19, 2017 – The Most Powerful Democrat In Queens Must Finally Compete (Village Voice)

16th Congressional District

Borough(s): The Bronx and Westchester County
Election(s): Democratic Primary
Candidates: Joyce N. Briscoe, Elliot Engel, Derickson Lawrence, Johnathan Lewis

  • May 25, 2018 – Engel, Lewis about even in primary funding (Riverdale Press)
  • May 25, 2018 – ‘Unknown’ challenger attacks Engel in bid for seat (Riverdale Press)
  • May 2, 2018 – Two Democratic challengers take on Rep. Eliot Engel in June 26 primary (Lower Hudson News Journal)
  • May 1, 2018 – Two Westchester Dems to Challenge Engel for Congress (Yonkers Times)
  • April 29, 2018 – Safe seats? Anti-Trump wave may wash out some Democrats, too (NBC News)
  • April 26, 2018 – The top fundraisers in congressional races across New York (City & State NY)
  • April 18, 2018 – Jonathan Lewis to Challenge Incumbent Democrat Elliot Engel In Democratic Primaries (Viking News)
  • April 4, 2018 – #Insulin4all in New York Congressional Run (Healthline)
  • March 28, 2018 – Jonathan Lewis is Second Challenger to Congressman Engel in June Primary (Pelham Plus)
  • March 15, 2018 - Scarsdale's Jonathan Lewis to Run for Congress (Scarsdale 10583)
  • March 14, 2018 - Businessman announces plans to unseat longtime Rep. Eliot Engel (New York Post)
  • March 14, 2018 - Jonathan Lewis Challenging Congressman Eliot Engel to Represent New York’s 16th District (Black Westchester)
  • March 10, 2018 – Mount Vernon district leader will oppose Eliot Engel (Lower Hudson News Journal)
  • February 28, 2018 – CD 16 Congressional candidate, Derickson K. Lawrence Endorsed by Chair of Edgemont Democrats (Black Westchester)
  • September 24, 2016 – Congressional candidate, Derickson K. Lawrence filed more than 5,000 signatures to create the People’s Choice line (New Rochelle Talk)
  • April 27, 2016 – Mount Vernon resident to run vs. Rep. Engel (Caller Times)

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which congressional districts in New York City are holding competitive primary elections?

The Democratic Party will hold primaries in the 5th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and 16th districts. Republican Party voters in the 11th District will also have a chance to select their party’s nominee.

Who is allowed to vote in the primary elections?

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Are there other primaries aside from the Republican and Democratic parties?

In addition, there will be “opportunity to ballot,” or write-in, contests in 3 districts. Voters enrolled in the Conservative Party will be able to cast a primary ballot in the 11th Congressional district. A similar write-in contest will be held by the Reform Party in the 7th and 15th Congressional districts. Because the Reform Party conducts open primaries, any voter who is not enrolled in another party and who lives in those Congressional districts may cast a ballot in the Reform Party primary.

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