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6 Candidates Vie for Sheldon Silver's Seat During Tuesday's Primary

By Irene Plagianos | September 12, 2016 2:29pm
 It's Primary Day in New York City on Tuesday. Polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.
It's Primary Day in New York City on Tuesday. Polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.
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LOWER MANHATTAN — Back in April, longtime Democratic district leader Alice Cancel won a special election for disgraced ex-Assemblyman Sheldon Silver's 65th District seat.

It was tight win — and a victory that could be unseated in Tuesday's Democratic primary, when Cancel will face off against five challengers in the heavily Democratic district.

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Here's a refresher of who's challenging Cancel for Silver's seat — a powerful position he held for more than 35 years, before being convicted of a host of corruption charges related to two bribery schemes:

Paul Newell: A Democratic district leader and activist, Newell, 41 has long called for reform in Albany. He tried to unseat Silver in 2008, a bid he lost.

Yuh-Line Niou: The former chief of staff for Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim, Niou, 33, is a FiDi resident and lost a close race to Cancel in April.

Gigi Li: The chairwoman of Manhattan's Community Board, Li, 35, is a trained social worker who has long been a community advocate.

Jenifer Rajkumar: A Battery Park City resident, the 33-year-old Democratic district leader is a Stanford-educated lawyer who previously ran against City Councilwoman Margaret Chin in 2013, a race she lost.

Don Lee: An IT executive, Lee has worked for several city mayors and grew up in Chinatown, where he's been an activist for community betterment.

Head here to find your polling place, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m Tuesday.