Attorney Announces Campaign for Open Senate Seat in Brooklyn

Rubain Dorancy. (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy)

Rubain Dorancy. (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy)

The race for newly-minted Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former State Senate seat is getting more crowded.

Rubain Dorancy, an attorney, teacher and community activist, told Politicker he’s in the race to capture the bizarrely-shaped district, which is based in Crown Heights but branches out to include a sizable chunk of Sunset Park and other neighborhoods.

“I’m doing the things that a candidate should be doing,” said Mr. Dorancy, who has also served as chair of the Haitian American Association for Political Action PAC, adding that his first fund-raising filing will show strong numbers today. “We’re going to have over $100,000 on hand for the first filing.”

Mr. Dorancy is bound to have competition, however. District Leader Jesse Hamilton is already in the race and said he has Mr. Adams’ support. Additionally, community activist Tony Jones, indicated his interest last year.

Like many vacant seats around the state, there is some confusion about when and how the election will be held. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a special election, the race will occur sooner, but the Democratic nominee will be chosen via the local party establishment instead of an open primary. According to sources, a special election would strongly favor Mr. Hamilton’s chances in the heavily Democratic district, but Mr. Dorancy said his campaign will proceed forward regardless.

“Absolutely,” he said of his plans. “The way we structured the campaign we anticipated either there’d be a primary or there will be a special election. But at the end of the day, in a true democracy, the voice of the voters will be heard.”

As for what he’ll bring to the senate if he wins, Mr. Dorancy said he plans to focus on education.

“While the communities are diverse, one primary issue to address is public education, at least improving the lives of school children,” he said. “To put my experience and knowledge in full service of the community is something I would want to pursue.”