The State Senate contest that Simcha Felder just decided to jump into bears some resemblance, at least on the surface, to the 2006 primary in Brooklyn’s 11th congressional district in which Councilman David Yassky, who is Jewish, jumped into a field that included multiple black candidates.
In Felder’s race, incumbent Kevin Parker, who is African-American, also faces a challenge from City Councilman Kendall Stewart, who is Carribean. (Felder is an Orthodox Jew).
In this clip filmed earlier today, I ask Felder earlier whether he sees similarities between the two races.
“Anybody can make any analysis they want,” Felder said around the 2:45 mark. “At the same time, I live in this district, and I look forward to representing everybody in the district and making sure that everybody feels that they’re getting the service they deserve.”