2021 Elections: Who’s running for Council in the 38th District


Eight candidates are vying for the Council seat representing Sunset Park, Red Hook, and northern Bay Ridge — and with the district’s contentious land use controversies and incoming development, the race will be one to watch.

Term-limited Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, who is now running for mayor, has held the seat since 2013. Affordable housing, displacement, and waterfront development remain key issues in the working-class district. The new elected will also face a slate of premier waterfront industries, such as new manufacturing hubs and a wind turbine assembly plant.