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Monday, June 1, 2009

Special election to be held tomorrow

A special election is scheduled for tomorrow to determine who will become the new assembly member in the 77th District. The seat used to belong to Aurelia Greene, but she stepped down last month to take a job as deputy Bronx borough president.

On the Mount Hope Monitor's Web site, we have profiles of the two candidates: Vanessa Gibson, a former staffer of Greene's and the Bronx Democratic Party's pick (and hence the favorite); and Joel R. Rivera, a community activist who despite his underdog status - he's been forced to run as a Conservative - has been putting up a spirited fight.

The district covers Morris Heights, Highbridge, and Morrisania.

New Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr's old assembly seat (85th District) is also up for grabs.

Typcially, very few people actually vote in special elections. More here on the process and why many think it's flawed. Still, if you want to vote, you can - providing you're registered. Call (866) VOTE-NYC for polling locations.

UPDATE: I left a couple messages with the Bronx Republican Party asking who the Republican candidate was in the race for the 77th Assembly seat, but no one got back to me. The Bronx County Young Republican Club seems to be much more responsive, however. I just heard from Chance Haywood, their president. He said there is indeed a Republican candidate, and that her name's Barbara Bowland. There's little on the Web about Bowland, except that she's raised zero funds for her campaign.


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