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Well, election season is finally (almost) over.
There's a lot to celebrate. We defeated Lee Zeldin's far-right campaign, and elected Governor Kathy Hochul and Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado to their first full terms, a historic victory. BYD-endorsed State Senator Andrew Gounardes also easily won re-election.
While we still don't know the final results for our endorsed candidates Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus and Iwen Chu for State Senate, we’re immensely proud of the spirited campaigns they ran and the movement they've built. Iwen is currently ahead by a couple hundred votes, and Mathylde is just a few hundred short, with many absentee ballots still to be counted.
None of this would be possible without you. With your help, we knocked on thousands of doors, made thousands of phone calls and engaged voters across Southern Brooklyn. Thank you!
Nevertheless, we're deeply troubled by historic losses for Democratic representation in Southern Brooklyn and frustrated by the complete failure of the Brooklyn Democratic Party ([link removed]) to take meaningful action in a highly-competitive election year.
The county party made no attempt to mobilize voters or support candidates until days before the election when, after public pressure, they half-heartedly organized a few phonebanking sessions. A week before the election, they hosted a gala with tickets priced as high as $10,000 ([link removed]) , but used none of that money to support candidates.
Now, Republicans appear likely to win at least three out of four competitive state legislature races in Brooklyn, as well as a key congressional seat.
Under current leadership, the county party has had seemingly limitless time, energy and resources to commit fraud ([link removed]) , appoint a deceased activist ([link removed]) to a party role, bungle basic administrative meetings ([link removed]) , attempt to stamp out BYD ([link removed]) —its own youth arm—and aggressively crush commonsense reforms ([link removed]) intended to increase participation and transparency. Yet when it comes to supporting Democratic candidates running against right-wing election deniers
and conspiracy theorists, the party has nothing to offer.
Yet when it comes to supporting Democratic candidates running against right-wing election deniers and conspiracy theorists, the party has nothing to offer.
In county’s absence, Brooklyn Young Democrats and other volunteer-led clubs hit the streets ([link removed]) , spending months knocking on doors and callin voters despite possessing a fraction of the party’s resources. We’re proud of our work to elect leaders dedicated to serving Brooklyn communities, but without a functioning Democratic party, we will continue to lose ground to Republicans.
Brooklyn deserves a party that will organize neighbors, support strong candidates, and fight unapologetically for working people. The time to build that party is now.
-The Brooklyn Young Democrats
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