Joe Carvin topped Jim Russell at the polls on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for the 17th Congressional District, according to unofficial election results from the Rockland and Westchester boards of elections.
The unofficial tallies have Carvin taking home over 64 percent of the vote in Rockland County and 62 percent in Westchester. Carvin will now go up against longtime Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) in the November Congressional election.
"I feel great and I feel like we've made the first step towards a long journey," Carvin said. "The country is divided and we need to bring the country together. Let's start right here in the 17th District."
Carvin, a native of Port Chester, currently serves as Rye Town Supervisor and works professionally as a hedge fund manager at Altima Partners. Carvin has served as the Supervisor of Rye Town since 2007 and won the endorsement of many Republican leaders including former state Gov. George Pataki and Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Mt. Kisco).
Carvin thanked Lowey for her service and said that he plans on "intensifying" the race by challenging Lowey to six debates, three in Westchester and three in Rockland.
"I think the issues are increasingly complex and ultimately I'd like to have an exchange of ideas," Carvin said.
Russell, a Hawthorne resident, ran against Lowey in what was previously the 18th Congressional District in 2010. Professionally, Russell worked at AT&T for more than two decades as a computer programmer.