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Joy Chowdhury

Joy Chowdhury

  • Competitive Queens Primary in District Ravaged by Coronavirus Strikes Familiar Themes

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    Assemblymember Michael DenDekker (photo: @mgdendekker)

    A Queens State Assembly member faces stiff competition this primary election cycle, and for the first time in his 12-year legislative career.

    Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, who represents parts of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Woodside in Assembly District 34, is aiming to survive four Democratic challengers for his seat in this month’s party primary election. The race follows a larger trend that accelerated in 2018, with one or more challengers running from the left, and often promising to bring more