In case you haven’t decided who you’ll vote for in this Thursday’s primary elections, there are plenty of voter guides and candidate profiles in the city’s community press to help you make up your mind. Here’s a sampling.
* The Norwood News reports on an underdog candidate who makes a tuneful case for himself in the video above.
With all the hoopla surrounding incumbent Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera and well-heeled challenger Mark Gjonaj in the Bronx’s 80th Assembly District primary race, it’s been difficult for underdog Adam Bermudez, a former reporter with the Bronx Times, to get noticed. Like other attention-seekers, Bermudez has turned to youtube with a video parody of Carly Rae Jepsen’s super hit, “Call Me Maybe.” Above, you’ll find Bermudez’s version, “Vote for Me Maybe,” which shows the 29-year-old walking around Morris Park and other parts of the district with a guitar and talking/singing to voters and asking for donations.
The Norwood News provides short bios of Bermudez and another underdog candidate, Irene Estrada-Rukaj, in its current print edition (PDF). The paper also reports on the tabloid flap over Rivera’s reported hiring of two former lovers and her son to taxpayer-funded jobs.
* The Gotham Gazette offers some insight into the two decades of rivalry between a pair of Dominican politicos from Washington Heights, Guillermo Linares and Adriano Espaillat, since both ran for City Council in 1991. On Thursday, voters will decide which of the two will be the Democratic candidate for the state senate seat the Espaillat now holds.
El Diario/La Prensa columnist Roberto Perez calls this rivalry “the Washington Heights version of the Hatfields and the McCoys.” He also wrote that their late August debate at the Hamilton Heights Social Club Los Bravos “felt more like a cockfight arena than a forum.”
The Gotham Gazette also picks “5 Primary Races Worth Caring About” — highlighting the races with the most “financial scandals, rivalries and allegations of bribery in the background” to add drama to the politics-as-usual.
* The Queens Courier provides a handy guide to several of the races happening in the city’s most diverse borough, including roundups of races in Assembly District 25, Senate District 10, Senate District 15 and Senate District 16. The paper offers short biographies and the platforms of each candidate running.
* And lastly, Our Town Downtown ran profiles of two candidates for civil court judge in Manhattan, and a writeup of the three-way primary battle for the seat that State Sen. Tom Duane is retiring from, in the 27th Senate District.