Assemblyman Vito Lopez easily won his race against Esteban Duran for District Leader. — Photo by Aaron Short
Democratic Party chairman Vito Lopez won his State Committee race handily over challenger Esteban Duran, by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, in the district he has represented since 1984.
As of Wednesday morning, Lopez recorded about 4,300 votes, approximately 74 percent of the vote, while Duran tallied about 1,500 votes, or 26 percent, out of 5,800 votes cast.
Last year’s City Council primary, an intense and narrowly decided decision, saw about 9,000 votes cast, though the 34th Council District includes several hundred voters from four other assembly districts beyond the 53rd.
Lopez cleaned up in precincts in Bushwick Houses, Rheingold Gardens, on Wyckoff Avenue, and in Italian sections of Williamsburg, though Duran won precincts around PS 19 on S. Third and Keap, near his home where he grew up.
Commitee members, aka District Leaders, get to choose their party’s chairman. In Brooklyn, this position also happens to be filled by Lopez.
Details aside, the vote is an impressive mandate for Lopez in his district for a political position. He ran unopposed for his Assembly seat and is expected to advance to victory in November — his 14th term in Albany.