Experience was the deciding factor in the key Democratic primary races as both state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) and state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) were returned to office, according to unofficial results.
A dozen people, ranging from familiar names to political newcomers, have officially declared their candidacies for the November special election to succeed late Democratic City Councilman Tom White, who died of lung cancer last month.
Next week’s Democratic primary will be pitting two of southeast Queens’ veteran members of the state Legislature against two challengers hoping to make their mark on the borough’s political scene.
The non-partisan government watchdog group picked the 25-year-old real estate business owner, who is challenging incumbent state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) for being “active in the community to address the fallout from the foreclosure crisis,” according to the candidate.
The race between the incumbent and the 25-year-old real estate business owner has been heating up over the last couple of weeks with Nunes garnering support from various gay rights groups and supporters, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan).
The associate publisher of the Queens Tribune insisted that his role in a state Senate race in the borough is not posing any conflict of interest.