Before lawmakers lose, win or keep their seats come November, candidates within the same party will battle it out at the polls for a chance to be their party's champion.
Primaries are slated for Thursday, Sept. 13, moved from the previous Tuesday as to not overlap with the Sept. 11 anniversary. In Rockland County, the number of polling places has been reduced from 80 to 17 locations. Check here to find out which polling station now includes your district. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Patch election guide takes into account redrawn district boundaries.This is the list of Rockland County primaries.
Check below for a list of local races, and stay with Patch for results as the week progresses. (Certain congressional primary races took place in June; click and for results.)
Clarkstown Town Justice -- Incumbent Democrat Rolf Thorsen, who also has the Independence line will vie for the Working Families line against Republican challenger Daniel Weisberg.
State Assembly District 96 -- Incumbent Democrat Kenneth Zebrowski will not face any opposition. The petitions of challengers Republican Matthew Brennan and Independence candidate Matthew T. Katchmar were ruled invalid.
Republican County Committee Seats -- Republican party committee members in Clarkstown Districts 24, 27 and 47 will battle it out with challengers.
Conservative County Committee Seats -- Conservative party committee members in Clarkstown are facing challengers in Districts 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 31, 34, 37, 40, 42, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 53, 54, 57, 59, 68, 69, 74, 75, 80.
Other State Senate primaries
District 35 -- Incumbent Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins will face no opposition from within her own party.
District 37 -- Democrat George Latimer and Republican Bob Cohen will face no opposition from within their respective parties.
Other State assembly primaries
District 97 -- Incumbent Democrat Ellen Jaffee and Republican Joseph T. Gravagana will face no opposition from their respective parties.
District 88 -- Incumbent Democrat Amy Paulin will face no opposition from within her own party.
District 89 -- Democrat J. Gary Pretlow will face no opposition from within his own party.
District 90 -- Incumbent Democrat Shelley B. Mayer will face no opposition from within her own party.
District 91 -- Democrat Steve Otis and Republican William J. Villanova will face no opposition from within their respective parties.
District 92 -- Incumbent Democrat Thomas J. Abinati will face no oppositon from within his own party.
District 94 -- Democrat Andrew I. Falk will face no opposition from within his own party. Republicans Dario Gristina and Stephen Katz will battle for their party's nomination.
Correction: an earlier version of this story stated Jaffee was also running on the Independence line. We regret the error.