The Democratic and Republican candidates for the 23rd and 27th State Assembly districts are gearing up for some heated election campaigns.
On Monday, Democrats Phillip Goldfeder and Michael Simanowitz stood outside Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens to officially announce the beginning of their campaigns.
Alongside them stood Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), the former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing), who retired in the spring, and many other followers and supporters.
Goldfeder, an aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), was selected by the Queens Democrats to replace Audrey Pheffer, now the county clerk, in the special election in September.
“I intend to fill the void left by Audrey Pheffer,” Goldfeder said. “I’m backed by a combination of strong qualifications, community service and genuine accomplishment.”
Goldfeder concluded his speech by quoting Isaac Newton. “‘If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants. Representative Crowley is my giant.”
Simanowitz, chief of staff to Mayersohn for nearly 15 years, was selected to take the seat that was left open by Mayersohn when she retired on April 1.
“This district needs a strong replacement,” Simanowitz said. “I’ve learned a lot from Nettie, and I want to fight for what she’s fought for all these years. I look forward to being a voice for the community and working hard towards good jobs, lower taxes, better schools and safe streets.”
Crowley stated that although these are historically Democratic seats, nothing should be taken for granted.
“They are suited to represent these communities well,” Crowley said about the candidates. “We will be engaged vigorously in campaigns; we will leave no stone unturned.”
As for Republicans, Marco Desena will run against Simanowitz in the 27th District and Jane Deacy will oppose Goldfeder in the 23rd District.
Both Republicans have not formally announced their campaigns yet, however they intend to do so in the coming weeks.
“The party just finally endorsed me and is finalizing the announcement today,” Desena said Wednesday. “We’re definitely ramping up and expect to be official in the next couple of weeks.”
Deacy is running on the Conservative line as well as the Republican line. “I’m looking forward to running with Marco on a city level and Bob Turner on a state level,” Deacy said. “I’ve been the Republican district leader for the last four years and I’m looking forward to serving everyone in the 23rd District.”