The basic contours of the Lower East Side’s upcoming City Council campaigns have been clear for several months. Now we know for sure who’s on the ballot. The Board of Elections late yesterday published the candidate list for the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary.
Here are the highlights.
District 1: Lower Manhattan, including Lower East Side & Chinatown
Margaret Chin (incumbent)
District 2: East Village, Peter Cooper Village, Gramercy
There are also two competitive district leader contests. In the 65th Assembly District (Part A), Karen Blatt and Jacob Goldman of the Truman Democratic Club (former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s political base of operations) face a challenge from a new group called Grand Street Democrats. Meanwhile, Alice Cancel and Pedro Cardi face opposition in the 65th Assembly District (Part B). You’ll recall that Cancel won a special election last year to replace Sheldon Silver before being defeated in a regularly scheduled election by Yuh-Line Niou. In the past week, Cancel and Cardi mounted an unsuccessful court challenge to knock their district leader opponents off the ballot.
65th AD (Part A) – Female District Leader
Karen B. Blatt
65th AD (Part A) – Male District Leader
Jacob J. Goldman
65th AD (Part B) – Female District Leader
65th AD (Part B) – Male District Leader
Pedro A. Cardi
Finally, the Grand Street Democrats group is fielding a slate of county committee candidates against the Truman Club. The Democratic County committee will likely be called on to pick the party’s nominee to replace Sen. Daniel Squadron, who announced his resignation yesterday. A special election is probably going to be held in November. So these obscure positions could become important very soon. (We don’t yet know whether the county committee will meet before or after the Sept. 12 primary).
Here’s who made the ballot. One name in particular stands out: Judy Rapfogel, Sheldon Silver’s former chief of staff, who continues to be a major player within the Truman Club. We have noted with an asterisk candidates running on the Grand Street Democrats slate.
Mark R. Stein
Judy R. Rapfogel
Udele B. Goodman
Freda A. Fried
Grand Street Democrats also put up the following eight candidates for County Committee. They do not appear on the ballot because they are running unopposed.
Click here to look at the complete list of candidates. Confused? Not to worry. We’ll have a voter guide before the primary.