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Brian Cunningham Wins Dem Party Nomination for Crown Heights Assembly Seat

The seat was formerly occupied by Diana Richardson, who has taken on the role of Deputy Brooklyn Borough President
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Brian Cunningham has been elected to serve in the 43rd Assembly District seat. Photo: Campaign site.

Brian Cunningham has got the support of the Brooklyn Democratic Party in his run for Brooklyn’s 43rd Assembly District seat.

Cunningham beat out four other candidates in a vote held by the county committee over the weekend, scoring 90% of the votes cast. The nomination comes a month before a special election for the Crown Heights assembly seat, which was vacated by Diana Richardson when she became deputy Brooklyn borough president.

Candidates in the Assembly District 43 race. (Top L-R) Jelani DeShong, Sharon Wedderburn and Pierre Albert. (Bottom L-R) Brian Cunningham, Tim Hunter.

In a statement, Cunningham said over the next several weeks he would continue speaking to voters across the district, “to ensure that every corner of every community has a chance to have their voice heard and to discuss the important issues we face.”

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn said Cunningham was “a strong community leader” who celebrated a “landslide victory through grassroots activism and his longtime partnership with community members in the 43rd Assembly District.”

The other nominees for the seat included Pierre Albert, Jelanie DeShong, Tim Hunter and Sharon Wedderburn. According to the party, Cunningham received 19,087 weighted votes. Votes are weighted by Election District based on turnout in gubernatorial elections.

Cunningham has been endorsed by State Sen. Kevin Parker,  Councilmember Rita Joseph and former Councilmember Robert Cornegy.

Meanwhile, Pierre Albert has the backing of the the former Assemblymember Diana Richardson and State Sen. Zellnor Myrie.

The special election for Assembly District 43 will be held on Tuesday, March 22. Early voting will begin on March 12. Voters can apply for an absentee ballot by mail by March 7 and in person by March 21.


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