NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The main political parties in New Rochelle are selecting their candidates for the upcoming local elections on November 5, 2019.
The New Rochelle Democratic Party held their convention last night. The New Rochelle Republican Party will hold their convention on February 20th.
Barry Fertel from District 5 and Jared Rice from District 3 previously announced they do not intend to seek re-election. Both are expected to be appointed to the bench in New Rochelle City Court (Rice to replace his mother, Gail Rice, and Fertel to replace Susan Kettner who is rumored to be heading to the Westchester County Court).
Republicans Al Tarantino and Lou Trangucci have both said they intend to run for re-election. Democrats Ivar Hyden, Liz Fried and Mayor Noam Bramson are all running again.
Primary elections, if any, are scheduled in New York State on June 25th. Canvassing for signatures to run in a primary begin on February 26th.
Martha Lopez was nominated for the Democratic line for District 1. There may be a primary challenge from Luis Zepeda who ran 4 years ago.
No candidate was nominated to challenge popular Republican Council Member Al Tarantino.
Yadira Ramos-Herbert was nominated for the Democratic line for District 3. There may be a primary challenge by David Peters which would be interesting considering that Peters lists his address at 60 Locust Avenue which is not in District 3.
Popular incumbent Ivar Hayden was nominated for the Democratic line for District 4.
Sara Kay was nominated for the Democratic line for District 5. There were as many as 5 Democrats looking at a run for District including David Lacher so there may be a primary challenge for District 5
Incumbent Liz Fried was nominated for the Democratic line for District 6. Former Council Member Shari Rackman may run a primary campaign against Liz Fried as she did 4 years ago before running against Fried on the Republican line in the 2015 general election. Rackman could not be reached for comment.
New Rochelle Mayor was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Mayor.
At the County level, Sheila Marcotte has said she will not challenge Damon Maher for County Legislative District 10.