Brian Cunningham, former senior aide to State Sen. Kevin Parker, won the nomination for the vacancy in New York State Assembly District 43, which includes Crown Heights, on Sunday, February 20.
The nomination happened during a seven-hour meeting at the headquarters of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, as reported by the Brooklyn Eagle. Cunningham is running to replace Former District 43 Assembly Member Diana Richardson, deputy to Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.
“I’m honored and humbled that the members of County Committee have put their faith in me to represent the people of District 43 and the Democratic Party in this special election,” Cunningham said to Brooklyn Paper.
Cunningham is a fixture of area politics. In addition to serving State Sen. Parker, he has also served as chief of staff to former Councilmember Laurie Cumbo before running an unsuccessful primary challenge in 2017 against Mathieu Eugene in Council District 40.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has scheduled the special election for March 22, with early voting set to begin on March 12.
“Over the next several weeks, our campaign will 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,” he said.