Thursday, May 13, 2010
Dave Freedlander at City Hall News lays out a preliminary roadmap for the District Leader Races in Downtown Brooklyn.
The big surprise? Longtime 50th District Leader Steve Cohn may be having second thoughts about facing a challenge from Lincoln Restler. Freedlander posits that Cohn's son Warren, a staffer in Congressman Ed Towns' office, is positioning himself to succeed Cohn. Here's Warren's oblique quote:
“It’s a possibility,” the younger Cohn said. “I feel like I can bring some youth and enthusiasm to the district. I have a good relationship to [local Assembly Member] Joe Lentol and to many of the other elected officials there.”
The other surprise is that Esteban Duran is thinking about mounting a District Leader challenge in the 53rd Assembly District... against Vito Lopez. Not running is Rob Solano, who vehemently denied challenging Lopez for the post. Here's Duran's less than oblique quote:
“The reason I would run is I would like there to be new leadership in the Democratic Party,” he said. “I would like to see the Democratic Party here locally look into expanding into different areas that have been overlooked in some ways.”
(Correction! Former) Reyna Williamsburg aide Barbara Medina's name is getting tossed around for the female DL seat in the 53rd District currently held by Maritza Davila. It is unclear whether Davila will run again, though Diana Reyna has repeatedly denied being a candidate for that spot.
The article notes that New Kings members are looking at that 53rd female seat as a possible pick-up because Diana won a close-reelection campaign in her district last year. Yet, it will be an uphill challenge because Maritza actually received more votes than Diana in the 53rd, but Diana made up just enough ground in the precincts in other assembly districts that are in her council district.
"No, I'm running for District Leader!"
Finally, the article notes the challenge in the 52nd, which will be ugly, but there's little context beyond listing the DL candidates (there are two other ones, Jesse Strauss and possibly Chris Owens).
One other thing to keep in mind. These names will change. Maybe a lot. Steve Cohn could conceivably decide to give the DL run another go, and that would not surprise me. Seeing Steve Levin jump into this race would not surprise me. Seeing a Greenpoint leader like Teresa Toro, Christine Holowacz, Susan Albrecht or Katie Naplatarski take on Linda Minucci in the 50th would not surprise me. Seeing Death Bear jump into the race would surprise me.