The candidate ran for the seat before, in 2016.

Published: Feb. 3, 2018 by

A former Rye councilwoman wants to take a second crack at the state Senate seat that represents most of Westchester County’s Sound Shore.

Julie Killian is the third person in the mix for the Republican nomination in an April 24 special election for the Senate’s 37th District. Killian lost in a 2016 race for the same seat against then-incumbent Democrat George Latimer.

The seat has been open since Jan. 1, when Latimer became Westchester County executive. Democratic leaders picked state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer to run in the special election.

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Bedford attorney Sarmad Khojasteh and former prosecutor Dan Schorr are the other Republican candidates. Party district leaders will choose the candidate in a mini convention and there will be no primary.

Killian didn’t return telephone calls and hasn’t formally announced her candidacy, but a memo

from Rye city Republican Chairman Tony Piscionere to district leaders said Killian had agreed to run. The memo, obtained by The Journal News/lohud, urged leaders to support her at the convention or by proxy vote.

The Republican convention will be held Wednesday night at Westchester Manor in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Killian has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in finance from NYU. She had a career in the financial industry.

She’d received the party’s backing in 2016 but lost to Latimer, the incumbent, after a campaign that was marked by a number of heated debates.

When Latimer beat incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in the 2017 Westchester County executive election, a slew of Democrats stepped forward to run for his old seat.

Party leaders avoided a fight on the floor of the convention and rallied behind Mayer, a Yonkers resident. It’s not clear if there will be a similar arrangement with Republicans before their vote.

The 37th District seat is considered pivotal to control of the state Senate, where Republicans hold a slim one-person majority with two seats open. There is talk that Democrats can put aside their differences and retake the Senate majority with wins in those two seats.

The 37th District includes parts of Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle as well as Bedford, North Castle, Harrison, Rye and Mamaroneck.


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