Demetrius Lawrence Backs Ex-Rival Jesse Hamilton for State Senate

Demetrius Lawrence.
Demetrius Lawrence.

Demetrius Lawrence, who last month dropped out of the race for the old State Senate seat of now-Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, has backed his former opponent Jesse Hamilton for the vacant post.

Mr. Lawrence, who left the contest after struggling raise money and secure endorsements, threw his weight behind Mr. Hamilton–a former aide to Mr. Adams–today. The Community Board 9 member said he felt Mr. Hamilton’s stances on affordable housing, public safety and education came closer to his own than local activist Rubain Dorancy’s did.

“During my campaign I had a great opportunity to meet and get to know my opponents, both of whom I admire and respect,” said Mr. Lawrence.  “However there is one candidate in this race who has also been engaging in the same dialogue as me from the beginning, and who I believe offers our community the best hope to fill the seat vacated by Eric Adams. That candidate is Jesse Hamilton. Jesse is a proven and progressive leader who has worked closely with Eric Adams to better our community for many years–I firmly believe that he will make an outstanding State Senator for Brooklyn.”

Mr. Hamilton responded with praise for Mr. Lawrence, and a promise for future cooperation.

“Demetrius Lawrence is a thoughtful and dedicated public servant whose work has made our community better. He has served our neighbors with distinction, and been a crucial voice for the issues working families care about,” Mr. Hamilton said. “I’m proud to have his support, and look forward to continue working with him as we realize our shared vision for Brooklyn.”

The endorsement comes as Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Dorancy are locked in battle for the ballot. Mr. Hamilton has sued to boot Mr. Dorancy from the primary, claiming he does not actually reside in the district–while Mr. Dorancy has counter-sued, alleging that Mr. Hamilton circulated fraudulent petitions.

Each candidate has denied the other’s allegations, and are in court this week. Demetrius Lawrence Backs Ex-Rival Jesse Hamilton for State Senate