Kaplan defeats Joseph in Dem. primary for 7th Senate District, will face Jack Martins in November

Kaplan defeats Joseph in Dem. primary for 7th Senate District, will face Jack Martins in November
Senator Anna Kaplan addresses supporters at an election night victory party in her Glen Cove campaign headquarters. (Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Anna Kaplan)

State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) easily won the Democratic primary in the 7th Senate District against Hicksville activist Jeremy Joseph Tuesday night, according to Nassau County’s unofficial election results

Kaplan will run for re-election against former state Sen. Jack Martins, a Republican who ran uncontested in his party’s primary, in November.

With votes from all 286 precincts in the district counted, Kaplan had 10,979 votes, or 85.58%, compared to Joseph’s 1,840 votes, or 14.34%.

Ten write-in votes were cast, accounting for 0.08% of the total vote.

“I’m so humbled by the incredibly strong support my neighbors have shown for me in this race, and as we look ahead to the November general election, I’m eager to continue the work of bringing our community together to fight back against the rising tide of hate and extremism that’s desperately trying to take this seat away from us,” Kaplan said in a statement. “At a time when a radical Supreme Court has demonstrated that they’re willing to overturn even the most sensible federal protections, we can’t afford to let extremist Republicans anywhere near the reins of power in our State government where they can continue their assault on women’s rights, common-sense gun safety reforms, and our American democracy.” 

Kaplan has served in the Senate since 2019 when she defeated Republican incumbent Elaine Philips. Kaplan also won re-election in 2020 against former Port Washington Police Commissioner Dave Franklin.

During her second term as senator, Kaplan said she has focused on issues including middle-class tax relief, women’s rights and reducing gun violence and hate crimes in local communities. 

Martins, an Old Westbury resident and former Mineola mayor, represented the 7th District from 2011 to 2016.

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