Manhattan District Leader Results
September 15th, 2011
Must still be recovering from the late blogging Tuesday. Thanks to the readers who pointed out the mistakes in this post. The corrected copy is below.
Now that Bob Turner has been officially sworn in as a member of Congress, we can turn to some less heralded races: notably those for district leaders in Manhattan. As we have noted before, these contests often shape up as proxy battles for larger factional fights within a party.
Contests Ė in districts 64 part C and 66 part B featured battles between the longtime party reform organization
Lower Manhattan DemocratsDowntown Independent Democrats and the more recently formed Downtown Independent Democrats Lower Manhattan Democrats. In all three contests the newer older club won out, with Paul Newell and Jenifer Rajkumar besting Jeff Galloway and Linda Belfer in the 64th. John Scott defeated incumbent David Reck, one of the founders of Lower Manhattan Democrats, in the 66th by a wide margin.
UpdateNewell notes that the Lower Manhattan Democrats now have no district leaders.
The incumbents held on in district 64 part D in Chinatown where Herbert Kee and Jenny Low fended off Paul Lee and Jin Mei Chen.
Farther uptown, incumbent district leader John Ruiz held off a challenge from community organizer Edward Gibbs, a former convict who has also been a community organizer.
And in another battle reflecting party rifts, also in Harlem, this one in the 70th district part D Jamaal Nelson bested two other candidates, Brian Benjamin and Michael Adams. Benjamin had backing from Manhattan party chief Keith Wright and other area district leaders and State Sen. Bill Perkin was pushing for Adams, one of his aides. But the victor prove to be Nelson, who the Daily News reported recently, had support from former Mayor David Dinkins and some charter school supporters. Nelson also tried to capitalize on being the only one of the three to live in part D.
In other Manhattan contests in district 68 part A Diane Green bested Theresa Richardson and in district 70 part D Marisol Alcantara defeated April Tyler.
By Gail Robinson on September 15, 2011, 3:00 pm
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