Judge, Assembly and Senate key races for area voters

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By Brian Sweeney
The top local race in November 6 balloting will be the competition for Delaware County Judge.
The judge race has incumbent Republican Carl Becker of Stamford facing a challenge from Margaretville attorney/Middletown Town Justice Gary Rosa, a Democrat. The county judge race is for a 10-year term. Mr. Becker has served in the position for the past decade. See related story above on last week’s Meet The Judges forum sponsored by the Catskill Mountain News.

On a broader scale, another key area race has first-term Republican Rep. Chris Gibson squaring off against Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman in the 19th Congressional District. The district includes all of Delaware, Greene and Ulster counties.

In the newly formed 102nd Assembly District, Albany Democrat Jimmy Miller is challenging Schoharie Republican Pete Lopez, an incumbent seeking his fourth two-year term. The 102nd Assembly District includes the towns of Halcott, Middletown and Roxbury.

The new Assembly District 101 includes the towns of Andes, Bovina, Delhi and Hardenburgh. In this district, Democrat Dan Carter is challenging incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney.
In the new 51st Senate District, which includes the towns of Hardenburgh, Middletown and Shandaken, incumbent Republican James Seward faces a challenge from Democrat Howard Leib.

In balloting for U.S. Senator, incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand faces opposition from GOP challenger Mary Long.
The national spotlight, of course, is shining on the battle between Democratic President Barack Obama vs. Republican Challenger Mitt Romney.