Maloney, two Republicans petition to run for NY18 seat

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and two Republicans vying to challenge him this fall filed petitions this week to run for the New York’s 18th Congressional District seat.

Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat serving his second term in office, could have four ballot lines in all in November, having filed petitions for the Democratic line and three other parties: Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality. Getting the Independence endorsement to run on its coveted line was a coup for Maloney, who didn’t have that line in his first two races for Congress.

Out of a field of six Republicans who initially planned to run, only two filed petitions by Thursday’s deadline: Phil Oliva, a Somers resident and aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and filmmaker Ken Del Vecchio of Warwick. Oliva is the candidate Republican committee members have endorsed; Del Vecchio has cast himself as the Trump-like outsider who’s taking on the party machinery. They will compete for the GOP nomination in a primary on June 28 if both of their petitions withstand any challenges.

Oliva also has petitioned to run on the Conservative and Reform Party lines, guaranteeing him a place in the general election regardless of a primary outcome.

Diana Hird, a fellow Cold Spring Democrat who planned to challenge the incumbent from the left in a primary, didn’t file a petition. She told supporters on Facebook that she had come up 44 signatures short of the 1,250 minimum.

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