It’s Election Day in New York next Thursday! But instead of a titanic battle between ideologies–your Mitt Romneys vs. Barack Obamas, if you will–the options on the ballot will be little-noticed state legislative contests between candidates of the same party, often with few policy differences.
However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting races happening. From “Who Gets Arrested for Raping a Grandmother?” to “Assemblywoman Caught Up in Sex Scandal with Two Young Men,” there’s been no shortage of nasty drama and mud slinging as voters head to the polls.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s running and why it might matter who wins. The list below focuses on Democratic races because the few Republican primaries in this staunchly blue city tend to have clear favorites or are taking place in such Democratic territory that the victor is reasonably likely to be irrelevant.
Brad Holyman, a community board chair and candidate for retiring Manhattan State Senator Tom Duane’s seat this year, has not only received the backing of Mr. Duane, but today announced the support of multiple influential council members inside and outside of the district: Christine Quinn, Dan Garodnick, Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, Jessica Lappin, Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer.
“Brad is the kind of progressive reformer our City needs in Albany,” Ms. Quinn declared in a statement released this morning. “He has a proven record on the issues that matter most to this City and is a true fighter on the issues that matter most to New Yorkers.”
Developments have continued to roll in for the race to replace retiring State Senator Tom Duane this week.
First, Corey Johnson, a Manhattan community board chair who was previously considering campaigning for the seat, announced that will forgo a campaign and instead endorse the establishment favorite Brad Hoylman, the chair of a neighboring community board.
It’s no surprise, but Brad Hoylman, the Chairperson of Community Board 2 in Greenwich Village, is formally a candidate for the State Senate district that Tom Duane is vacating this year.
“It’s official: I am running to be the next state senator,” Mr. Hoylman wrote in an email to supporters today.
It look likes retiring State Senator Tom Duane’s pick to replace him is definitely getting into the race. Brad Hoylman, the Chairperson of Community Board 2 in Manhattan, has formally registered a campaign committee for the seat.
“One of my closest friends is Brad Hoylman and I’ve made no secret at all of my fondness for him,” Mr. Duane said in an interview on Capital Tonight yesterday. “I haven’t officially made an endorsement but I would be very proud to have Brad Hoylman represent me in the district that I have been representing and I think he would share my values and fight as hard as I have been fighting.”
a questionable partnership
The race to replace term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn looks like it’s already well underway. Two of the four likely candidates, local community board chairs Corey Johnson and Brad Hoylman, have already registered campaign committees and Mr. Johnson recently sent out a statement indirectly criticizing Mr. Hoylman over his day job, where he works as the executive vice president and general counsel for the business friendly lobbying group Partnership for New York City.
“Anyone who decides to run for office has a responsibility to tell the voters where they stand on key issues,” Mr. Johnson declared, noting the Partnership’s opposition to the living wage bill passed earlier this week. “This is especially true for a candidate who serves as a paid lobbyist for the 1%. If that candidate can’t – or won’t – answer questions on where he stands on core issues of economic justice, voters have little choice but to assume that he stands against the 99%.”