The Race for Gerson’s Seat

Here’s a flier going around the Lower Manhattan district represented by Alan Gerson, one of the few incumbents who’s having a tough primary race.

Since it’s Manhattan, good-government issues actually matter, so Gerson’s attendance rate and vote to extend term limits have come up frequently.

But he has a crowded field, meaning that it’s unclear who, if anyone, the opposition vote will solidify around. Also, there are two credible Asian-American candidates, which could lead to a split vote in that community.

Gerson’s opponents are Pete Gleason, a former firemen who got Freddy Ferrer’s endorsement but has had lackluster fund-raising; P.J. Kim, who has raised lots of money ($104,562), was endorsed over Gerson by The New York Times. and is being supported by the Working Families Party; Margaret Chin, who has raised $116,405, and has run for the office before; and Arthur Gregory, who’s barely raised any money and wants to create “virtual district offices.”