Here are two of the victorious candidates in last night’s Democratic Primary. They are Paul Newell and Jenifer Rajkumar, who were running for the positions of male and female district leader in the 64th Assembly District (Part C).
They defeated Jeff Galloway and Linda Balfer, taking 68% and 70% of the vote, respectively. The campaign was seen a face-off between between two rival political clubs — Downtown Independent Democrats and Lower Manhattan Democrats (the successful candidates were backed by DID).
Downtown Independent Democrats also prevailed in the 66th Assembly District (Part B) race. John Scott unseated David Reck. Jean Grillo, the female representative, ran unopposed.
In Chinatown, longtime District Leader Herbert Kee and Jenny Low defeated two spirited challengers — Paul Lee and Jin Mei Chen.
Scarcely over a thousand total ballots were cast in each of the district leader contests. District leaders are party-based intermediaries to each neighborhood’s elected officials. They help organize elections and are key players in get-out-the-vote drives and other campaign-related activities.