Incumbent Councilmembers Defeated in Primary

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It usually takes a lot to unseat a Democratic incumbent on the City Council, but last night several longtimers lost in the primary. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Despite one of the smallest turnouts in recent history, voters did manage to shake up the council with 15 of the 51 districts likely to see new representation. Voters rejected several incumbents who backed the mayor's repeal of term limits. They include Alan Gerson of Manhattan who was bested by Margaret Chin. Incumbent Helen Sears of Queens lost to Daniel Dromm while Brooklyn Councilman Kendall Stewart was defeated by Jumaane Williams. At least two contests appeared extremely close, with Bronx incumbent Maria Baez trailing her opponent by less than 100 votes while Queens Councilman Tom White clung to a six-vote lead. Nineteen council members faced no primary contest. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

HOST: In a couple hotly contested open seats: Ydanis Rodriguez won handily in District 10, a predominantly Latino district in Upper Manhattan. And Brad Lander won in brownstone Brooklyn's District 39.


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