Decision 2020: Max Rose vs. Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)

Jessica Alicea ’22

Max Rose is a Democrat and a member of the U.S. House, representing New York’s 11th Congressional District. The 11th District includes all of Staten Island and some parts of southern Brooklyn. Rose defeated his incumbent Republican Dan Donovan in 2018 and is now running against Republican Nicole Malliotakis. He was only the second Democrat to win the seat in 30 years. Before being elected to office, Rose served in the U.S. Army from 2010 until 2014. He has repeatedly explained that his legislative priorities when he wins the seat again include passing legislation to decrease corruption and to improve infrastructure and commuting in Staten Island. Nicole Malliotakis became a known figure in New York City when she ran against incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio as a Republican nominee for Mayor in 2017. In January, Malliotakis was sworn in to her 5th term as a Member of the State Assembly. Throughout her terms she has fought to drain the swamp in Albany, sued the Port Authority to expose records that should be public, spoke out on former Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver’s corrupt ways, and has reined in the high taxes she believes are destroying the city and state of New York.

NY-11. Department of the Interior/7partparadigm via Wikimedia Commons.

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Decision 2020: Xochitl Torres-Small vs. Yvette Herrell (NM-02)

Lauren Chu ’23

Xochitl Torres-Small is a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives and represents New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. The district serves the southern half of New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Roswell, and a southern portion of Albuquerque. It is also the fifth largest district in the U.S.

NM-02 in Blue. Department of the Interior via Wikimedia Commons.

Running against incumbent Torres-Small in the district’s upcoming general election is Yvette Herrell (R) . Steve Jones (I) will also be running in the race as a third-party candidate. Between Torres-Small and Herrell, this will be the second general election. Back in 2018, Torres-Small won the election by a slim margin of 51% against Herrell’s 49%. Prior to Torres-Small’s 2018 victory, the last Democratic representative of the Second Congressional District was Harry Teague in 2011.

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Decision 2020: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell vs. Carlos Giménez (FL-26)

Ryan Cialone ’23

The race in Florida’s 26th congressional district is shaping up to be an interesting one indeed. The two contenders are the incumbent Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, elected in 2018, and the challenging Republican and Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Giménez. In regard to the race at hand, the incumbent Mucarsel-Powell is expected to retain her seat only slightly with the website 270 to Win predicting she is estimated to pull ahead at about 1.7%. This is to be expected as according to Ballotpedia Mucarsel-Powell only pulled ahead in 2018 unseating the Republican incumbent, Carlos Curbelo, by 1.8% of the vote. The race itself is not a “gimmie” as it were for Mucarsel-Powell as even for an incumbent those are very slim margins to win by.  Carlos Gimenez is as stated the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and was able to get elected twice so his supporter base is nothing to disregard especially due to past Republicans holding Mucaresl-Powell’s seat, showing that conservatives have support in the area.

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Decision 2020: Andy Kim vs. David Richter (NJ-03)

Flavia Scotto ’22

NY-03. Mr. Matté via Wikimedia Commons.

On November 3, New Jersey will elect twelve U.S. Representatives, one for each congressional district. Of particular interest is District 3, which includes parts of Burlington and Ocean Counties. Andy Kim, a Democrat, is the incumbent who faces re-election against David Richter, an engineer, lawyer, and former CEO of Hill International.

The district is one of particular focus for both parties. It went blue for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012 before opting for Donald Trump in 2016. Interestingly enough, it was one of thirty congressional districts who did so, yet it is currently represented by a Democrat. It is also important to note that Kim only narrowly won in 2018 with 50% percent of the vote as compared to his opposition’s 49% percent. These factors may explain why there does not yet seem to be a clear indication of who will win, despite the election being less than a month away. Presently, many websites suggest that the majority of New Jerseyans will vote for Kim, while many more polls predict it to be a toss-up.

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Decision 2020: Anthony Brindisi vs. Claudia Tenny (NY-22)

Lily Sellers ’22

In New York’s 22nd congressional district, incumbent Anthony Brindisi (D) is running against former congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R). During the last election in 2018, Tenney was holding the house seat and lost by a margin of less than 4,500 to Brindisi. In fact, Tenney did not concede until 25 days after the election.

NY-22. United States Department of the Interior/ 7partparadigm via Wikimedia Commons.

The main local issue for this election is how to combat the monopoly that local internet provider, Spectrum, has created. In 2016, when Time Warner Cable merged with Charter Communications, the lack of competition and price increases began. In the 4 years since, Spectrum has increased prices by almost 6 times and, in turn, has not reached any of the intended benchmarks put in place prior to the merger. Tenney believes that this is a state-level issue and that the company needs to be broken up in order to allow for natural competition and price decreases. However, Brindisi believes that from a federal level, accountability and transparency should force Spectrum to ensure trust and decrease prices on their own.

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Decision 2020: Scott Perry vs. Eugene DePasquale (PA-10)

Nick Silvis ’23

Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, which encompasses all of Dauphin County as well as parts of Cumberland County and York County, is one of the most competitive congressional elections in the country.

The race pits Eugene DePasquale, Pennsylvania’s current Auditor General, against incumbent Republican Representative Scott Perry. DePasquale, as the current fiscal watchdog and former state representative, hopes that his experience investigating governmental agencies and eliminating fraud and abuse from Harrisburg will win over moderate Republicans and Independents. Perry, who has represented the district since 2013, has largely endorsed President Trump’s platform and is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus (Hullinger).

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