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Race Overview: City Council District 19

Post-Primary Update


In District 19, Paul Vallone has won the Democratic nomination by less than 200 votes.



Race Overview


In early 2013 it appeared there would be a hotly contested Democratic primary between John Duane, Austin Shafran, Paul Vallone and Paul Graziano for the right to run against incumbent City Councilman Dan Halloran (R).  Halloran’s arrest in April on corruption charges and subsequent decision to not run for re-election has shaken up the race, especially with his chief of staff, Chrissy Voskerichian, announcing her intentions to run as a Democrat.  Dennis Saffran is the lone Republican running.  This is a hotly contested race, stay tuned for updates!



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Decision Points: Talks with Dennis Saffran

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CD19’s Paul Vallone: Defeats Shafran, Faces Saffran Next

by Oliver Kammerman   The race to replace Dan Halloran as Council Member of Queens’ District 19 is not yet over, but the hard-fought, narrowly-won Democratic primary is completed. Paul Vallone secured a close victory over second-place finisher Austin Shafran and several other candidates to become the Democratic nominee for the seat being vacated by Halloran, who previously announced he would not-