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July 23, 2009

They’re off! Fields are set for September primaries — and The Brooklyn Paper is there

The Brooklyn Paper
By Mike McLaughlin and Ben Muessig

District 35

Parts of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant

Democratic incumbent Letitia James would have been eligible for re-election even without the term limits extension, but that hasn’t stopped two challengers from entering the political ring to unseat her.

Delia Hunley–Adossa, a pro-Atlantic Yards neighborhood activist, and Medhanie Estiphanos, an unknown newcomer, seek to defy the odds — no sitting councilmembers lost in 2005 — and beat James.

James is popular in her district and holds all the advantages of incumbency, but her Achilles heel could be her paltry fundraising, making it tougher to flood the district with a pro-Tish message. Unlike other legislators, she had not focused on fundraising, and has raised just $31,030 compared to the surprisingly strong $22,585 raised by Hunley-Adossa.

Her support for the troubled Atlantic Yards project has helped her .


NoLandGrab: Expect Pro-Atlantic Yards candidates to give opponents a run for "the money."

Posted by lumi at July 23, 2009 5:29 AM