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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has endorsed Andrew Gounardes for the 22nd State Senate District, saying the Democratic challenger "will fight to create jobs and raise the minimum wage."
â€śI have lived in Brooklyn my entire life, and rarely have I seen a candidate who works as hard as Andrew,â€ť said Schumer, in his endorsement of Gounardes, who wants the seat now being held incumbent Republican state Sen. Marty Golden.
â€śMiddle-class families from Marine Park to Bay Ridge deserve a State Senator as hardworking as they are,â€ť Schumer said in a statement. â€śMost of all, they deserve someone who represents todayâ€™s Brooklyn, which is more dynamic than ever. I know that Andrew Gounardes will be that person.â€ť
Gounardes is challenging one of the few remaining Republican state Senators in the five boroughs in a district that although Democratic in registration leans conservative.
Golden has made a number of gaffes including crossing a Verizon picket line and holding an "ettiquette" forum for women but defeating the long-term incumbent will certainly be no easy task.
For more on the race, check out our story.
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette