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Rep. Greg Meeks to face Democratic primary; no GOP opponent yet

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, seen on May 11,

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, seen on May 11, 2012, will face a Democratic primary on June 24, 2014, but the winner is unlikely to face a Republican opponent. (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Rep. Gregory Meeks, whose Southeast Queens district stretches into western Nassau, will face a Democratic primary on June 24 but the winner is unlikely to face a Republican opponent.

Joe Marthone, an account and community organizer for tenants in Rochdale Village, has announced that he will challenge Meeks, a Democrat who has served eight terms in Congress. Marthone was one of three primary challengers to Meeks in 2012 but got less than 10 percent of the vote.

Marthone will host a campaign fundraiser on March 28 at Franklin Caterers in Franklin Square. Tickets range from $50-$5,200.

The winner of the primary is unlikely to face a Republican opponent, GOP officials said.

Ian Prior, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the party has not selected a candidate to run in the 5th Congressional district. The NRCC identified the district as tied for the 3rd most Democratic in the state.

A spokesman for the Queens County GOP confirmed that the party is not actively soliciting candidates for the district. The deadline to submit nominating petitions is April 10.

The 5th district, which was redrawn after the 2010 census, covers much of the territory of Queens’ former 6th District. The district covers much of Southeast Queens along with 50,000 voters in Elmont, North and South Valley Stream and Inwood.

The district has nearly 300,000 registered Democratic voters, nearly 36,000 registered Republican voters and 59,000 registered voters not aligned with a major political party.

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