The race between sitting Councilmember Justin Brannan and his republican opponent Brian Fox is heating up, with seemingly more mud-slinging than in any other Brooklyn City Council contest.
The district — which encompasses Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and parts of Bensonhurst — is historically one of the most GOP-friendly in Brooklyn, and is the area of the borough most recently represented by a Republican, making the race for the 43rd City Council seat one to watch.
Part of the area is represented in Congress by Republican Nicole Malliotakis, and it was represented in the State Senate by Republican Marty Golden as recently as 2019. Brannan’s victory in 2017 was one of the narrowest in the 2017 general election, beating Republican John Quaglione 48 percent to 45 percent. However, the district has been trending in the Democratic direction for the past several years.