Democrats pick Shelley Mayer as nominee for Latimer's Senate seat

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State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer won the nomination for the 37th District state Senate seat left open by new Westchester County Executive George Latimer Tuesday night.

Mayer's win came after four other candidates vying for the seat dropped out of the race.

"You opened up your minds and your hearts. You heard my story. You heard my accomplishments and you shared my enthusiasm and you chose me as your candidate. Thank you so very, very much," Mayer said to the crowd of over 600 at the County Center in White Plains.

Three candidates dropped out minutes after the convention at the County Center: White Plains school teacher and Bernie Sanders supporter Kat Brezler; Mark Jaffee, of West Harrison, who heads up the Greater New York City Chamber of Commerce; and Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick.

Mayer will take on a GOP opponent in a yet-to-be-scheduled special election expected this spring. News 12 was the first to announce Tuesday morning that former Yonkers Inspector General Dan Schorr has decided to challenge fellow Republican Sarmad Khojasteh, of Bedford.

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