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It seems like a million years ago when Anthony Weiner’s scandalous Twitter post forced him out of Congress, creating circumstances for a special election, which found Republican Bob Turner replacing the disgraced lawmaker.

The reality is, with only a little more than a year on the job, Turner has been one of the shortest serving Congressmen in recent memory. Turner’s district, the 9th C.D., has been redistricted and Turner has decided not to run again.

Turner looked back on his year of service during an interview with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

“There are two parts to [being a congressman],” he said. “One is constituent services. You have to have a good responsive staff to solve numerous problems, including Social Security and veterans’ affairs. Servicing the community is a big part of the job.” In this area, he said, Weiner did a good job.

“The other part is legislative,” he said, “and there’s a pretty large philosophical divide between Republicans and Democrats about how we respond to issues like the national debt.”

Turner also reflected on his life before politics, recalling his cab driving father and his career in television advertising  promoting shows like “The Price is Right,” “Baywatch,” “Fame” and “The Jerry Springer Show.”

Turner’s special duties in Congress included serving on committees from Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security to Veterans Affairs. He recalled his proudest accomplishment as being the co-sponsor of legislation that seized $1.8 billion in laundered Iranian assets, which was then rewarded to families of American personal killed in the 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing. Two-hundred and forty-one American servicemen and 60 American civilians perished in the double suicide bombing.

Turner, whose Breezy Point home burned down during Superstorm Sandy, was also very active in securing as much funds as possible for fellow Sandy victims.

Once Turner’s term ends on January 2, 2013, he plans to return to civilian life.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries defeated Councilman Charles Barron in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District last night, setting the stage for a general election battle against Republican businessman Alan Bellone and third party candidates in November.

Jeffries supporters outnumbered Barron supporters at the polls by a wide margin, with the victor racking up 25,712 (71.9 percent) votes to Barron’s 10,063 (28.1 percent), according to the New York Times. It was one of the most well-attended elections in New York State last night, with more than 35,000 voters turning out  - putting it neck-and-neck with the much more widely promoted primary for Charles Rangel’s seat.

Meanwhile, Congressman Bob Turner, who currently represents Sheepshead Bay, may be out of a job come January. His district is being eliminated, and last night he lost his bid for the Republican nomination to take on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Turner received 35.6 percent of the vote, losing out to Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long, who took 50.9 percent.

In the 9th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Yvette Clarke won the party’s nomination to proceed to November’s election, handily defeating upstart Sylvia Kinard, who took in only 11.7 percent of the vote. Clarke will now face off against Republican candidate Daniel Cavanagh.

On Tuesday, June 26, voters will hit the polls to vote in federal legislative primaries, choosing Democratic or Republican candidates for Senate (Republican only) and Congress. This year’s elections, however, are complicated by redistricting. Previously, most of Sheepshead Bites’ coverage area was part of the 9th Congressional District, currently represented by Bob Turner and, before him, Anthony Weiner. That district has now been eliminated and the area divided between three new district with incumbents many in the area may be unfamiliar with.

We’ve put together this pre-primary primer to help you understand the geographic and demographic changes within the district, as well as background information on incumbents, their primary challengers (if any), and challengers in November’s general elections.

Here’s a quick rundown on how to use this guide before Tuesday’s primary:

  1. Visit the New York City Board of Elections poll finder and enter your address. This will tell you what congressional district you’re in, where your poll site is, and provide sample ballots for the general election so you know who is running.
  2. Return back to this page.
  3. Use the following links to find the district profile we’ve put together, with bios and background on each of the candidates. Note that we’ve split up the district profiles between Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean, and the links below will direct you to the appropriate site.

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