The Working Families Party has endorsed Rubain Dorancy to take Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former State Senate seat.
The union-backed third party said it was supporting Mr. Dorancy over rival Jesse Hamilton–a former aide to Mr. Adams once seen as his heir apparent–because of what they described as his liberal bona fides.
“Rubain Dorancy is a strong voice for the needs for working families, and we can’t afford to miss the chance to send him to Albany,” said Bill Lipton, executive director of the WFP, said in a statement to the Observer. “Rubain has proven his commitment to the values of equality and justice, and he will take those values to represent us in state government.”
Mr. Dorancy, a former teacher and Department of Education administrator, thanked the left-leaning group for its endorsement and claimed it as further proof of his progressive credentials.
“I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Working Families Party and humbled by the overwhelming support I have received during this campaign,” said Mr. Dorancy. “The 20th District is made up of working families, the backbone of our city, and the WFP’s endorsement of our campaign is yet another confirmation to my commitment to ensuring the improvement of our communities where working families can live and thrive.”
Mr. Dorancy has already secured the backing of 1199 SEIU and the Communication Workers of America District One–two of the key unions in the WFP’s labor alliance. Earlier this week, he received the endorsement of another longtime Working Families ally: Mayor Bill de Blasio.
And earlier this month, Mr. Dorancy picked up the support of Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Antonio Reynoso–leaders of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, also aligned the WFP and 1199 SEIU.
He has also received the endorsements of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and her mother, former councilwoman and Caribbean-American power broker Una Clarke, as well as from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
His opponent Mr. Hamilton, a longtime district leader, enjoys the backing of most of the Kings County Democratic Party establishment–which is struggling with WFP and its liberal allies to control multiple seats across the borough.
Besides Mr. Adams and Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, 32BJ SEIU, Communication Workers of America Local 1180, the Transportation Workers Union, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12, the Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association, AFSCME District Council 37, the New York State AFL-CIO and the United Federation of Teachers have all backed Mr. Hamilton.
“Our teachers and students know that Jesse’s plan for this district—to invest in schools and to expand opportunity to every student—is the right one to move our community forward. We’re proud to stand by him,” said Michael Mulgrew, the powerful president of the UFT.
Updated to include Mr. Mulgrew’s comment.