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Assemb. Phil Ramos faces prospect of another primary 

Assemb. Phil Ramos may be facing the prospect of running a Democratic primary to keep his job, again.

Maxima G. Castro, of Brentwood, has filed petitions to run against Ramos for his 6th Assembly District seat in a Sept. 13 primary. However, Castro, 59, filed 508 signatures — just over the minimum of 500 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Castro declined to be interviewed Friday because she said it was unclear whether she will have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. In 2015, Castro ran a losing race for Islip Tax receiver, getting 33.61 percent of the vote.

Ramos (D-Brentwood) said he was surprised to hear Castro was carrying petitions, because they have worked together in the past. “There’s never been any issues between us,” he said.  

Ramos (D-Brentwood), who filed more than 3,000 signatures, said he will review Castro’s petitions “and decide from there” whether to challenge them. “It’s part of democracy and her candidacy is welcome,” he said.

Ramos successfully fought off a primary challenge two years ago from Giovanni Mata, who received substantial funding from a charter school group. Ramos won with 72.9 percent of the vote to Mata’s 26.9 percent. Charter school interests put $492,000 into Mata’s race, but he received only 719 votes, each costing charter school backers $692.

Ramos’ wife, Angela, last year challenged Suffolk Legis. Monica Martinez in a Democratic primary in the 9th District, but Martinez won easily.  

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