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‘Law & Order: SVU’ star running for Congress


Actress Diane Neal has launched a House bid for New York’s 19th Congressional District.

The former “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” star announced her candidacy on Twitter on Tuesday, saying she plans to run as an independent in the November election. Neal is running for the seat held by Rep. John Faso (R), who was elected in 2016 to represent the Hudson Valley-area district.

Neal, 42, appeared in more than 100 episodes of “SVU” as prosecutor Casey Novak.

Neal described her political views to The Daily Freeman as “a little Libertarian,” “a lot liberal” and “mostly progressive.”

“I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most porgoressive liberals cannot do,” she told the newspaper.

Neal needs 3,500 signatures to secure a spot on the ballot in November as an independent.

At least six Democrats have already announced their intention to challenge Faso, according to The Daily Freeman. A Democratic primary will be held on June 26.

The race is considered one of the closer contests on the ballot in November, with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rating it as a toss-up.

Tags 2018 midterm elections congressional election Diane Neal John Faso New York

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