Primaries: Goldman, Gonzalez, Gallagher, Simon, Zinerman challenged, Yeger seeks Assembly

June 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN — U.S. REP. DAN Goldman, state Senator Kristen Gonzalez, and state Assemblymembers Jo Anne Simon, Emily Gallagher and Stefani Zinerman are facing challengers in this week’s Democratic primary round, while current Councilmember Kalman Yeger is seeking to move to the Assembly.

– Rep. Goldman, the incumbent in Congressional District 10, which includes parts of lower Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn, was elected in 2022 and is best known for his role as lead counsel in former President Trump’s first impeachment trial; he is running on a platform that includes voting and abortion rights, strengthening democratic institutions and support for Israel. His first challenger, Bruno Grandsard, is an investment manager and consultant whose platform highlights environmentalism and political reform, while his second challenger, Evan Hutchison, is a political organizer whose platform centers on affordable housing and opposition to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

– State Sen. Kristen Gonzalez, the incumbent in Senate District 49, which includes parts of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, along with Queens and Manhattan, was elected in 2022 and focuses on climate action and education affordability. Challenger Gus Lambropoulos, a property manager, is running on a pro-business platform that centers on growing the local economy.

– Assemblymember Gallagher, the incumbent in Assembly District 50, which includes Greenpoint and parts of Williamsburg, was elected in 2020; her major issues are inequality and environmental and housing justice. Challenger Andrew Bodiford, a lawyer, also focuses on climate change, housing justice and infrastructure. Her other challenger, Anathea Simpkins, an educator, says she would focus on building unity, as well as gun violence and youth issues.

– Assemblymember Simon, the incumbent in District 52, which includes much of brownstone Brooklyn, was elected in 2014 and is running on a platform that headlines women’s rights, gun violence and environmentalism. Challenger Scott Budow, a lawyer, says he would prioritize housing reform and fighting poverty. Both candidates are passionate about education.

– Assemblymember Zinerman, the incumbent in District 56, which includes parts of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, was elected in 2020; her campaign focuses on healthcare, education and supporting entrepreneurship. Challenger Eon Tyrell Huntley, a retail worker and union organizer, says his campaign centers on labor issues, healthcare and rent affordability. 

– Longtime Assemblymember Helene Weinstein, who served southern Brooklyn District 41 for a record-breaking 44 years, is retiring this year, leaving the primary open. Current City Councilmember Kalman Yeger, a conservative Democrat who represents Borough Park and parts of Midwood in the council, is hoping to claim the seat; he told the Brooklyn Paper that his top priority is constituent services, noting that his current council district overlaps with District 41. His opponent, Adam Dweck, says his top priorities are public safety and tax and political reform.

Gothamist and the Brooklyn Paper have further breakdowns of candidate endorsements and priorities; Gothamist also has a guide to down-ballot elections, such as those for judgeships and district leaders.

This year’s primary will take place on Tuesday, June 25, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; early voting is now open, as well. More information about voting times and polling places can be found on the city Board of Elections website


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