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Staten Island 60th Assembly District: A Swing Seat


Assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer is running for re-election for the Assembly seat she has held for one term. Hyer-Spencer, a Democrat, replaced Matthew Mirones, a Republican who held the seat from 2002 to 2006. Hyer-Spencer narrowly defeated her Republican opponent in 2006, winning the election by less than 1,000 votes.

She has also been endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties this year.

This November, Hyer-Spencer, a lawyer with an interest in family issues, faces Republican Joseph Cammarata. Cammarata sought the Republican nomination for this seat in 2006, but the nomination went to Anthony C. Xanthakis, who then lost to Hyer-Spencer in the general election. In his try this year, Cammarata has been endorsed by the Conservative Party.

Little other information is available about Cammarata, although he last reported having $15,000 in campaign funds, just $7,000 less than what incumbent Hyer-Spencer has raised. There are two-thirds as many registered Republicans as there are registered Democrats in the district.

In the 32 Day Pre-General campaign filing, Hyer-Spencer $17,255 for a total on hand of $23,822. Cammarata had contributions of $17,857 and a closing balance of $14,542.



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