Chris Banks to Challenge Charles Barron for Open Assembly Seat

Chris Banks (left) with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. (Photo: Facebook)
Chris Banks (left) with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. (Photo: Facebook)

Nonprofit founder Chris Banks has lost two races to now-Councilwoman Inez Barron, but is hoping he has better luck this time around against her husband.

Mr. Banks said he plans to challenge Charles Barron, the avowedly radical former East New York councilman, for the open State Assembly seat vacated by Ms. Barron after she won Mr. Barron’s City Council race last year. Continue reading “Chris Banks to Challenge Charles Barron for Open Assembly Seat”

Inez Barron Vies for Husband’s Council Seat With a Slightly Different Tune

Assemblywoman Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Councilman Charles Barron can be described in many ways, but demure and dispassionate typically aren’t on the list.

The bombastic councilman, for instance, launched his unsuccessful bid for Congress last year by declaring, “I don’t care what they say, I’m still not saluting the flag!” In the halls of Washington, Mr. Barron vowed he’d continue to “stand up for Robert Mugabe, who’s an African hero–taking land back from white people who stole the land from us in the first place!”

Now, after 12 years as a constant presence at press conferences and rallies, the term-limited eastern Brooklyn councilman will be forced out of office. But he hopes his wife, Inez Barron, an assemblywoman with identical ideological stripes, can cement the Barron legacy.

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There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?

state senate map cover Theres a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?
A map of New York City’s State Senate districts.

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. Continue reading “There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?”

Chris Banks Announces Assembly Run Against Inez Barron

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Chris Banks

Chris Banks, who founded the antipoverty group East New York United Concerned Citizens, Inc., announced intentions to run against Assemblywoman Inez Barron in front of a Brooklyn barber shop Saturday morning. “We have longed for leadership that respects your opinion. We have longed for leadership that is accountable,” Mr. Banks said to the cheers from the relatively sizable crowd. “We need new leadership in this community.”

One of Mr. Bank’s supporters suggested paying attention to the campaign disclosure reports that will be soon coming out. “The real story will be next week, after the filing,” he said, alluding to the possibility that the incumbent Assemblywoman’s fundraising would be more questionable. Continue reading “Chris Banks Announces Assembly Run Against Inez Barron”