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Jeffries bests Barron in 8th District primary

| tcullen@queenscourier.com


Three-term Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries will run as the Democratic candidate for the newly-drawn Congressional District 8 seat this November, after he easily defeated Councilmember Charles Barron.

According to the New York Times, Jeffries won with more than 25,000 votes after raising more cash than Barron and receiving major endorsements. The Democratic nominee will now run against Republican candidate Alan Bellone in the November 6 general election.

The Brooklyn native will now compete for a district that includes portions of Howard Beach and Ozone Park, whose current politicians threw their support behind Jeffries a few weeks before the primary.

On Wednesday, June 20 Senator Charles Schumer endorsed Jeffries, citing that the assemblymember currently represents several neighborhoods Schumer once did.

Congressmember Ed Towns, who represented several areas in the new district and will retire at the end of this term, had endorsed Barron; the two faced off in a 2010 Democratic Primary.

Had Jeffries not gotten the Democratic nod, he would have nonetheless run in November on the Working Families Party ticket, the Daily News reported.

But on the morning of the primary, Jeffries told reporters it would not even come to that.

“Oh we’re going to win the Democratic primary,” he said after casting his ballot at P.S. 9 in Brooklyn.

While Howard Beach and Ozone Park residents were originally worried about both Democratic candidates coming from Brooklyn, some said they didn’t mind the district had been reshaped.

Michael Miller, a computer technician, said this year’s redistricting did not bother him, as he did not like his current representation.

“Normally I wouldn’t be happy with the rezoning, but I was unhappy with my congressman,” Miller, 51, said, “so I’m fine with it.”

Jeffries secured the Queens Democratic endorsement on June 15.

Frank Gulluscio, Demcratic District Leader, said that upon speaking with Jeffries, and being assured Queens would be as much represented as Brooklyn, constituents believed that he would best represent them.

Jeffries said he had been reaching out to Howard Beach and Ozone Park residents to get a feel for their needs and what mattered to them most.

“This election is about a fresh start — moving forward and leaping into the future,” he said. “The fact that the 30-year incumbent has endorsed my opponent, these things happen in politics. [But] We’ve got tremendous support all across the congressional district.”

– Additional reporting by Liam LaGuerre and Philip Hertling

Primary Guide: 8th Congressional District

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Parts or all of: Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Fort Greene, Beford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie, Flatlands, Marine Park, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Sea Gate

Name: Charles Barron

Party: Democrat

Current Position: City Councilmember

Personal Info: Married for 29 years with two children


–         $80 million for two new schools

–         Number one in affordable housing

–         $15 million for three new park renovations

–         Won fight to keep two senior centers and three schools open in the district


–         Defend Medicare & Social Security

–         Universal health care/single payer

–         Restore cuts and increase funding for education

–         Restore cuts and increase funding for housing subsidies


Name:  Hakeem Jeffries

Party: Democrat

Current Position: Assemblymember in 57th Assembly District in Brooklyn. He is also a practicing attorney.

Personal Info: Married with two sons

Issues: Job creation, affordable housing and criminal justice reform are major issues of the district.

Platform: In Congress, my plan is to work with President Barack Obama to download all of the resources available directly into the district to spur job creation, preserve and create affordable housing and continue my work with the reform of our criminal justice system and protection of the civil liberties of law-abiding New Yorkers. I have will also fight for more senior housing and stand up to protect Social Security and Medicare.


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