At the end of January, Yeshiva World News reported Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s son Yoni might run for the new, heavily Orthodox Jewish State Senate seat created in Brooklyn, but, at least according to Assemblyman Hikind’s account today, there’s been no advancement of his campaign from the rumor stage.
“Nothing is happening with regard to that,” he told The Politicker after a press conference calling for Nissan to drop its ties with Iran. “I want the leaders of the community, the people involved, for them to see exactly who the candidates are going to be.”
Mr. Hikind continued by saying the currently-being-litigated special election to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger would have a big impact on the candidates that emerge, as the Republican candidate there, David Storobin, has vowed to seek reelection in the new Orthodox Jewish seat (Mr. Kruger’s district is effectively dismantled in redistricting).
“Storobin, if he wins this election, there’s no doubt he will want to run and he will deserve that, at the very least. I mean, the guy worked so hard,” Mr. Hikind said. “So I think everybody’s focusing, ‘Let this race be over.’”
He added, “Yoni’s busy doing his thing, we haven’t even discussed it since the last story broke.”
Although Mr. Hikind, a Democrat, said he crossed party lines to vote for Mr. Storobin in this election, he never formally endorsed the candidate. Asked if there was a reason he didn’t publicly back Mr. Storobin before the election, he laughed and said, “Yeah, but you’ll have to read about it in my book that’ll be out in about a year and a half.”