Chris Olechowski, the chair of Community Board 1 in Brooklyn, has registered a campaign committee to challenge progressive activist Lincoln Restler as he seeks reelection to his second term as district leader.
Mr. Olechowski’s interest running against Mr. Restler was already established, but the new committee firmly sets the stage for another match between supporters and opponents of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the head of Brooklyn’s Democratic organization.
While district leader races are normally low-profile affairs, Mr. Lincoln has developed some prominence by being one of the most prominent critics of Mr. Lopez and the status quo of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, and this race is undoubtedly one many will be watching when voters head to the polls September 11th.
And, with the district’s sizable Polish community and Mr. Lopez’s influence in Hasidic Williamsburg, Mr. Olechowski would appear to have some advantages he brings to the table, especially against an incumbent who won his first term in 2010 by only 121 votes.
However, as one of the most active district leaders in Brooklyn, Mr. Restler has developed a passionate base of supporters and brings his own advantages to the race.