September’s special election to fill the seat left vacant by Congressman Anthony Weiner’s resignation may create another vacuum, this time in the state.
Should the Democratic candidate David Weprin win, he would vacate his seat in the Assembly. Since the 9th Congressional District is highly Democratic, a win by Weprin would not be a surprise.
The Republican candidate is Bob Turner, the Rockaway resident who ran against Weiner last year. The district takes in part of Brooklyn and Queens.
Weprin, who lives in Hollis, was elected to the Assembly last year to represent the 24th District. There is already talk that possible Democratic candidates for that position are Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece.
Grodenchik was elected assemblyman in Flushing in 2002 for the newly created 22nd District. Two years later, he lost to Jimmy Meng in the Democratic primary and went to work for the Parkside Group, a powerful political consulting and lobbying firm.
“Right now, we are concentrating on getting David Weprin elected,” Grodenchik said. “We’ll see about the future later.”
Iannece, an attorney, is well-known in the 24th District. He ran unsuccessfully for City Council three times. A former president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, he served five terms as chairman of CB 11, was term limited out, then re-elected in 2009.
“I’m flattered people are thinking about me,” he said of the possible race. “Let’s take it one step at a time, but I am interested.”
Perennial Weprin opponent Bob Friedrich of Glen Oaks is not ruling himself out of the race. “I would consider running for his seat, the problem is the voters will be left out of the equation,” Friedrich said. “The governor will call a special election so the Democratic bosses will hand pick a candidate. It should be me but that’s unlikely; I’m too independent.”