Lesser-known candidates in U.S. Senate race

John Mangelli, 46, is a Bayville lawyer and John Mangelli, 46, is a Bayville lawyer and is running against Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long for Senate in November. (Oct. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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Green Party candidate Colia Clark said she's running to represent New York in the U.S. Senate on a "freedom agenda," with a top priority of free education for all from preschool through college.

"It's an embarrassment that the most wealthy nation on Earth does not finance education," said Clark, 72, a community and civil rights activist living in New York City.

Clark ran but lost to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in 2010. Now she's taking on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1944 "Second Bill of Rights," Clark calls for free health care, living wages and decent housing for all.

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She also said she'd tax corporations the same rate as individuals.

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Clark raised no money, her filings with the Federal Election Commission show. She terminated her campaign fund in January, after spending $243.

Chris Edes said he's running for U.S. Senate in New York on the Libertarian line to create an alternative to the two-party political system.

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"I will focus on civil liberties, fiscal solvency and Constitutional government," Edes said when he announced his candidacy for the seat by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

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An information technology consultant, Edes, 33, has been active in the Libertarian Party and the Tea Party in his hometown of Rochester.

He has run for several offices in Rochester and was state chairman of the Libertarian Party of New York in 2009. He's also the chairman of the Shooters Committee On Political Education, a state gun rights group.

Edes reported in July he had raised $2,017 and had spent $668.80. He has not filed any reports since, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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Bayville attorney John Mangelli said if he's elected to the U.S. Senate, he literally wants to be the voice of the people.

He would hold a referendum on a variety of issues through his official website, and he would abide by the outcome to avoid the influence of special interests, said Mangelli, 46, who practices mostly foreclosure law.

"Before I voted on any issues, especially on social policy, I would have a vote within my constituency," he said.

Mangelli also promises to focus on prosecution of fraud, make protecting the environment a priority and create sustainable jobs.

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He's in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Mangelli said he created the Common Sense Party so he could get on the ballot.

In July, Mangelli reported raising $14,200 and spending $7,647. He hasn't filed a more recent report.

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