Dov Hikind, who first joined the Assembly in 1982, has both the Democratic and Republican party lines but still faces an opponent: Conservative Herbert Ryan next week.
Hikind considers himself an outspoken advocate for battling discrimination, prejudice and anti-Semitism. A decade ago, he was accused of taking thousands of dollars from local nonprofits but was acquitted of all charges. Though generally considered a Democrat, he recently endorsed John McCain for president.
Ryan, a conservative, has run for several offices before, including state Assembly in 2004 and 2006.
In the filing period leading up to the 32 Day Pre General report, Hikind had raised $3,000 but despite the apparent weakness of his opposition, he had more than $1.2 million on hand for his campaign. Ryan showed no contributions.
The district encompasses Borough Park, Dyker Heights and sections of Flatbush.Â