With the release of new council lines this week that add Orthodox Jews to Mike Nelson’s council seat, the race to replace the term-limited Nelson is already under way. Insiders tell us that Chaim Deutsch of Flatbush Shomrim is mulling a run. So is Kalman Yeger, a top adviser to
Councilman David Greenfield.
Another frum contender is Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod. We’re told that win or lose Ben is considering running for the council seat next year. If Ben wins he would have an easy way to campaign for a council seat that is universally considered a better job than the lower-paying position of Assemblymember. Other non-frum contenders include Ari Kagan, who looks like a favorite to win the district leader race against incumbent Mike Geller. Community Board 15 Chair Theresa Scavo is also said to be interested in running.
“This is really a race between the frum community and the Russian community,” said one political consultant. “In the end of the day it all depends on who runs, if several frum Jews run, the seat is likely to go Russian. On the other hand if the frum community unites behind a single candidate that candidate can win.”
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(Dov Gordon – YWN)