Bronx residents head to the polls on primary day

It's primary day in the Bronx and residents have until 9 p.m. to cast their votes.

There are five Democratic primary races for City Council in the Bronx. The races include District 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18.

In District 12, voters in Co-op City, Baychester, Bronxdale and Williamsbridge will head to the polls to decide whether they want incumbent Larry Seabrook or challenger Shirley Saunders to run in the November's general election.

Over in District 13, which covers Morris Park, Pelham and Throgs Neck, incumbent Madeline Provenzano is up against Ismael Betancourt and Egido Semetelli.

District 14 encompasses Kingsbridge Heights, Mount Hope and University Heights. In that race incumbent Maria Baez is facing Israel Ruiz.

In District 17, South Bronx, Hunts Point, Longwood, Mott Haven and Soundview residents must decide between incumbent Jose Serrano and challenger Augustine Alamo-Estrada.

And finally in District 18, which covers parts of Soundview, Parkchester and Castle Hill, Pedro G. Espada, who is a former City Council member in District 17, is up against Annabel Palma.

Typically voter turnout is low on primary day, so officials are urging residents to get out and vote.

Click here for more on the candidates and issues in each race.

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