June 10, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Election Coverage

It’s on! Council candidates begin the long march to the ballot

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Hopefuls for two hotly contested City Council seats in Brownstone Brooklyn kicked off the primary election season in that most democratic of traditions: standing on street corners asking you to sign your name on their petition to get on the ballot.

Of course, the seven-way campaign to succeed Councilmen David Yassky and the five-man race to succeed Bill DeBlasio has been going on for months, but on Tuesday, candidates could officially get out there and ask for your support.

Hundreds of signatures must be collected in the next 30 days, but candidates typically collected hundreds more to ward off challenges to the validity of voters’ John Hancock (he’s dead, by the way, and can’t sign a petition).

Here’s a list of the candidates you’ll be seeing all over in the next four weeks.

In the 33rd District (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope — currently occupied by Yassky)

Steve Levin

Jo Anne Simon

Evan Thies

Isaac Abraham

Doug Biviano

Ken Baer

Ken Diamondstone

In the 39th District (Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens — currently occupied by DeBlasio)

Brad Lander

Josh Skaller

Bob Zuckerman

Gary Reilly

John Heyer

Updated 5:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

paco from cobble hill says:
can you sign multiple candidates petitions, or just one per party?
June 10, 2009, 1:58 pm
Bob from Greenpoint says:
no you can not!!!! only one per party....
June 10, 2009, 4:44 pm
Any Mouse from Any Where says:
Actually, you can sign as many as you want. But only your FIRST signature counts. The rest are all invalid and can be knocked off the other candidate's total.

So your strategy should always be to sign the petition of the candidate you are supporting FIRST, then you can sign everyone else's because ultimately, if challenged, it could count against them.
June 11, 2009, 12:50 pm
Linda Blyer from Cobble Hill says:
What happened to Gary Reilly? He lives in Carroll Gardens and has been active in the community. He is running in the 39th district as well. You neglected to put in his photo and biographical information.

June 13, 2009, 8:46 am

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