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Councilman Charles Barron announces bid for Congress

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Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron made it official yesterday: he's running for Congress (again) against Congressman Ed Towns in the 10th Congressional District. Back in 2006, Barron lost to Town by 8 points in the primary. Assemblyman Hakeem Jefferies of Brooklyn is also seriously considering a run at the seat.

In a three-way primary between the incumbent and two challengers, the difference may end up being the new voters absorbed into the district after its lines are redrawn. To meet the new population post-Census total for Congress, NY-10 will need to grow by nearly 40,000 people.