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Smithtown, Kings Park Election Guide

Our wrap-up of the candidates, incumbents and issues facing voters in November.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch sites in Smithtown and Kings Park are here to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

President Barack Obama: Elected in 2008 on a platform of change, this time around the president is going to have to draw from his experience at the country's helm for the past four years. Time will tell if the president visits the area this election, but if history is any indicator, we're sure to see .

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney (presumed): While the former Massachusetts governor still needs the nomination at the GOP convention in August, the race between the president and this New England Republican is all but set. Look for Romney to point to taxes and big government to pick up East End votes. , and we expect he'll be back before Election Day. We're not sure yet if we'll see him out this way.

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop: The five-term Congressman and native of Southampton narrowly escaped losing in 2010, and this year he's facing the same opponent in Randy Altschuler. Bishop has a long history of bringing cash back to the East End, but hasn't created enough jobs, according to his opponent. .

Randy Altschuler: This St. James businessman came so close in 2008 — less than 600 votes — that he's trying for a second time to unseat Bishop. Much like last time, Altschuler is touting his business acumen as an entrepreneur as proof he can create jobs. But Bishop has pegged him an outsourcer, just like last election. .

State Senator John Flanagan: An assemblyman for two decades and a state senator since 2002, Flanagan hasn't faced a hard re-election fight in a few cycles now. Flanagan has a long list of projects he's backed locally, and is perhaps best known for his work fighting for state education aid for Long Island schools. So far, nobody has stepped up to challenge him.

State Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick: This former Smithtown town councilman has served in Albany since 2003, and if his is any indication, he's got a strong support base in the area. As of now, he is unopposed for 2012.

Argile October 23, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Are you serious?
Argile October 23, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Uh, don't really see how this has anything to do with local elections. Especially since this is mostly a Democratic run state.
Kristie M October 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
robkoz, the pet store/puppy mill connection is long documented. It starts with midwestern farm state agriculture lobby groups, because the breeding parents are classified as livestock, read factory-farming of dogs. The AKC, which gets 80% of their revenue from providing "papers" to the factory-farm dogs and their offspring, puppy brokers, the wholesale stop along the misery trail, and finally the cute little puppy in the pet store window, whose propietor is protected by the Republican free market argument. Papers are worthless, the AKC does not guarantee health or source, and cost the mill owners about $25 per puppy. Less than 5% of the USDA-certified mills are inspected annually and unless there are exposed leg bones or missing eyes left untreated, they are rarely even written up. This is all documented. I never thought I would be a single-issue voter, but if our spineless officials can't even take a stand to prevent animal cruelty for relatively small donations, we don't stand a chance. I was shocked to learn about how revolting and unethical the business involving what amounts to the family pet really is. It's allowed to continue because so many of us do not know. So yes, as ridiculous as this sounds, I am completely serious.
Argile October 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Sorry but I'm not paying craploads of taxes to pay a politician so he/she can concentrate on insignificant issues. Long Island has more important things to focus on.
Kristie M October 24, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I wouldn't tell anyone how to vote, but do ask that people do a little research on puppy mills if they are remotely tempted by a pet store puppy, especially with the holidays coming. 98% of pet store puppies come from mills. Vet bills are often over $1000. Short of electing someone who will fight for them, the best thing anyone can do is raise awareness to stop the demand. I am sorry you consider animal cruelty insignificant, but understand there are seemingly more day-to-day pressing issues. State-level Republicans haven't done much for LI anyway, we can't do much worse!

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