Incumbent Assembly woman Latrice Walker, and State Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Roxanne Persaud all cruised to primary election victories tonight while Community Board 3 Chair Tremaine Wright held off Karen Cherry to win the 56th Assembly District left vacant by the retirement of Assemblywoman Annette Robinson.
Walker, who represents the 55th Assembly District including Brownsville and parts of East New York, East Flatbush and Canarsie soundly beat term-limited City Council Member Darlene Mealy in what many thought would be a closer election.
According to the unofficial tally, Walker received 74 percent or 4,153 votes to Mealy’s 26 percent or 1,420 votes. Mealy did retain her unpaid Democratic district leadership position, however, as did Anthony Jones as the male Democratic District leader.
Montgomery, one of the borough’s longest serving elected officials, held off challenger Michael Cox with a commanding 69 percent or 10,006 votes to 31 percent or 4,471 votes for Cox in the 25th Senatorial district race. The district includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens.
Persaud scored a decisive win over challenger Mercedes Narcisse , garnering nearly 76 percent or 9,986 votes to Narcisse’s 24 percent or 3,160 votes in the 19th Senatorial district. Persaud had the strong backing of Kings County Democratic Party Boss Frank Seddio, while Narcisse had the backing of Assemblyman Charles Barron and his wife, City Councilwoman Inez Barron.
The district includes Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin and Gerritsen Beach.
Wright bested community activist Karen Cherry in the 56th Assembly District covering Bed-Stuy. According to the unofficial results, Wright received 59 percent or 3,679 votes to Cherry’s 41 percent or 2,577 votes.