Husband and Wife Running Against Each Other for Political Office

| by Michael Allen

In Long Island, New York, Democratic incumbent, Michelle Schimel, is running against her estranged husband Mark Schimel, for a Nassau County state assembly seat.

Michelle Schimel is a third-term state assemblywoman, who separated from her husband of 32 years, Mark Schimel, about a year ago.

She told CBS 2: “My constituents will decide based on my record, and based on the issues that are really important. Not about a family matter.”

Mark Schimel was a Republican who changed his registration to Democrat when his wife ran for office, and now has switched back to the GOP. He works as a technology consultant and refuses to do interviews on his campaign.