NEW YORK (AP) — The first debate in the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District brought a long-time incumbent face to face with two challengers who want his job.
Rep. Charles Rangel, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Rev. Michael Walrond Jr. met Thursday night at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Rangel is running for his 23rd term, after first winning the seat in 1970.
He faced a tough primary in 2012, barely beating Espaillat in an election that came down to a victory margin of about 1,000 votes.
The 13th Congressional District covers part of northern Manhattan and some of the southern part of the Bronx.
The primary election is June 24. The winner is widely expected to go onto victory in the general election in November.