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.
Terry Hinds, an attorney and chair of Community Board 17, will officially declared his candidacy for the State Assembly on Brooklyn45 tonight, an email advertising the television program excitedly announced earlier this evening. Mr. Hinds also confirmed his intentions over Twitter.
The opponent he’s seeking to unseat is veteran Assemblyman Nick Perry, who’s served in his Central Brooklyn Assembly district for almost two decades. It’s not immediately clear what his campaign platform will be, but the Brooklyn45 email says he will discuss “why he is challenging the incumbent and about some of the needs of the community that he will focus on meeting when he is elected.”
Assemblyman Nick Perry told The Politicker this afternoon that he is considering making a run for Brooklyn borough president in 2013.
“I am giving it very serious consideration,” Perry said.
Perry is the deputy majority leader of the Assembly, but has been one of the quieter members of the chamber. He made some noise earlier this year when he voted in favor of same-sex marriage, after voting against it three times.
Asked to make his case for why he was the right man for the job, Perry said,
A bill by Brooklyn Assembly Nick Perry which would weaken the penalities for “sexting”–i.e. sending text messages with explicit photos among minors–has passed both houses of the legislature.
“As a parent, grandparent and elected representative, I could not in good conscience sit back and watch as children who acted with no malice, and without the Read More
Assemblyman Nick Perry was one of the Democrats who voted last night to legalize same-sex marriage after having opposed it in the past.
In the hallway just now, he told me he hasn’t changed, but the mood in his Brooklyn district had.
“I think my vote captures the sentiment of the majority of my constituents and soI feel that my vote is not representing my own position but the position of the people that I’m supposed to represent,” he said.