Democrats sent conflicting messages with their votes in the all-important primary in four key Brownstone Brooklyn City Council districts on Tuesday night, backing two incumbents, and anointing a political outsider in a hotly contested race in Park Slope while choosing a candidate with deep ties to the party apparatus in another open-seat race in a Williamsburg-Brooklyn Heights seat.
Voters in the 39th District, which covers Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and parts of Carroll Gardens, Gowanus and Cobble Hill, gave newcomer Brad Lander an overwhelming victory over his four rivals, handing the former head of the Fifth Avenue Committee more than 40 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring 33rd District, which covers Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and parts of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Park Slope, Democrats chose Steve Levin, the former chief of staff to the head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick).
Levin ended up with nearly 34 percent of the vote in a seven-way race, beating his nearest competitor, Jo Anne Simon by roughly 14 percent.
But while 33rd District voters were clearly comfortable with Levin’s coziness to Lopez, voters in the neighboring 34th District were not as pleased with Lopez-backed candidate, Maritza Davila, who fell to the incumbent, Diana Reyna, by a thin 45.6–43.1 margin.
Reyna is a former Lopez protege who broke with her mentor years ago and ran a campaign based mostly on her opposition to the party boss.
Democratic voters in the 35th District, which covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, resounding backed their incumbent, Letitia James against the better-funded challenger, Delia Hunley-Adossa, whose campaign benefitted financially from her support of the Atlantic Yards project.
James won with 81.2 percent of the vote to Hunley-Adossa’s 14 percent.
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