Three candidates lead the race for Brooklyn District President
Brooklyn voters have many district president options to choose from this month, with 12 candidates competing to succeed Eric Adams.
What you need to know
- 12 candidates stand for election for the Brooklyn District President, the office to be vacated by Eric Adams
- Current lawmakers Jo Anne Simon, Robert Cornegy and Antonio Reynoso lead the field in fundraising and endorsement
- Other leading contenders include Hospital Director Khari Edwards, Councilor Mathieu Eugene, and Minister Kim Council
- Housing and gentrification are central and controversial issues in the running
There is no clear front runner, but three candidates seem to get the most support, based on the fundraising campaigns and the number of support they have raised.
All three are currently elected officials: Rep. Jo Anne Simon, Alderman Robert Cornegy, and Alderman Antonio Reynoso.
Simon highlights the fact that she would be the district’s first female district president and points out her legislature in Albany.
“One of the things I’m proud of about our state budget was that we supported small businesses with $ 1 billion,” she said in our NY1 debate earlier this month.
All three have received a range of support from elected officials, political clubs, and interest groups. In two videos recently posted online, Cornegy was also endorsed by comedian Tracy Morgan and basketball hall of famer Chris Mullin, who was a college teammate at Cornegy’s in St. John’s.
Cornegy is the most moderate of the three. He did not choose to turn down real estate campaign donations, exposing him to attacks such as that of political organizer and hospital manager Khari Edwards during the cross-examination of our debate.
“Thirty percent of your donations come from developers, four or five of whom are known [to be] Anti-tenant and anti-tenant advocacy, ”said Edwards.
“I have never received a penny from a property developer who ran or is responsible for a business in my district before me,” Cornegy replied.
Housing and gentrification are central and controversial issues in the running. Reynoso, backed by the party’s progressive left, opposed the Industry City redevelopment plan, which was abandoned last year.
“I’m curious to see how that counts as a profit if nothing else is created,” Cornegy asked him under cross-examination. “And is there a plan for more jobs? Because I had heard that there were some. If so, I would like to hear it. “
“The community council voted against,” Reynoso replied. “Every single elected official representing this district has voted against. And I think that because of their experience and their time in their community, they know what is best for that community. “
A fourth elected official in the race is Councilor Mathieu Eugene.
The only candidate who has raised enough money so far to qualify for public matching funds is Minister Kim Council, among others.
Rounding out the field is high school teacher Robert Elstein, parish council member Pearlene Fields, Democratic State Committee Anthony Jones, pastor and community activist Lamor Miller-Whitehead, small business owner Trisha Ocona, and union leader Robert Ramos.