Tomorrow, June 26, is Primary Day for congressional elections in New York City. While most Brooklynites will spurn the polls, as many incumbents are running either unopposed or lightly-opposed, an exciting race in the 8th Congressional District between State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (well known to Crown Heights residents as our representative in the 57th) and East New York Councilman Charles Barron will be the main event tomorrow. ILFA lives in the 8th, and will be voting for Mr. Jeffries, but I'm not here to convince anyone, merely to remind people to get out and vote and to provide links to some of the latest news and analysis. If you don't know what district you're in, click here, and if you don't know where your polling place is, click here.
Some links on the Barron - Jeffries race:
- An article from the Daily News calling Bed-Stuy "the Ohio of the district" (which is to say it's the swing neighborhood).
- A post from Capital New York about the flood of money Hakeem Jeffries has raised, particularly as Charles Barron has surged.
- Back in May, the Washington Post wondered aloud whether Hakeem Jeffries was "Brooklyn's Barack Obama."While Mr. Jeffries demurred about the flattering comparison in print, the campaign has made plenty of connects with their literature, which features a handsome shot of Mr. Jeffries with Mr. Obama.