Brian Cunningham wins special election for Central Brooklyn Assembly seat


Democrat Brian Cunningham won the special election for State Assembly in Central Brooklyn’s 43rd District Tuesday night, trouncing Working Families Party nominee Jelanie DeShong by nearly 30 points, and delivering victory to the Brooklyn Democratic Party for the second time this year against insurgents backed by the progressive WFP.

With over 98 percent of scanners counted according to the city Board of Elections, Cunningham holds a substantial lead with 62.28 percent of votes compared to DeShong’s 34.52 percent. Republican and Conservative Party nominee Mesidor Azor has 2.93 percent, while 0.27 percent of votes went to write-in candidates.