08 June, 2006

Hall Rocks Rockland

Singer-songwriter and politican John Hall was the winner Thursday night, as Rockland County Democrats met to nominate candidates for the various races this fall.

Getting 95% of the votes cast, Hall got the nod as the county Dems' choice for the 19th Congressional District, which cuts across the northeast corner of Rockland.

It's the third win for Hall, in a district that covers all or part of five counties. In addition to Rockland, Hall recently got the nod from Democrats in Orange County and scored an 81% win in his home county - Dutchess. He also finished second in Putnam County.

PHOTO CREDIT:Marcello Amani




Only two of the other six candidates have scored wins at the various county conventions - political consultant Darren Rigger in Putnam and Yorktown councilman Jim Martorano in upper Westchester.

Rigger and Martorano have finished in the top three several times, but three other candidates, Gary Suraci, Judy Aydelott (the leading money-raiser as of the last reporting period) and Ben Shuldiner have shown little strength at the conventions.

The ultimate nominee of the Democrats will take on Republican incumbent Sue Kelly.


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