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Race for Anthony Weiner's Empty Seat Begins

by Katie Fisher
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Katie Fisher, WFUV

Republican Candidate Bob Turner kicks off his campaign

With nominees from both the Republican and Democrat parties selected, this week marks the beginning of the race for the ninth district Congressional seat, once held by embattled lawmaker Anthony Weiner.  Republican nominee, businessman Bob Turner kicked off his campaign at Forest Hills Station, Queens. 

Having run against Weiner in the fall's general election and loosing with 40% of the votes, Turner is not a stranger to the district.  He says he plans to run on a similar platform, with a focus on smart spending in Washington. 

"The course we're on economically is endangering the safety of the social secuity system and medicare," Turner said. "This has to be addressed properly."

Turner also expressed a desire to focus on decreasing unemployment rates.  He said he would act as a voice with practicality and business sense.  "Throughout this district people are worried about keeping their jobs and others [are worried about] how to find them," Turner emphasized.

The GOP businessman's competition for the September 13th special elections will be Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin. 

Weprin received the support Monday of Senator Chuck Schumer and the Independent Party. 

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