2008-09-10 / Features

3 Dem Incumbents Expected To Win Primary Contests

Toby Ann Stavisky Toby Ann Stavisky Yesterday's primary elections in Queens were few in number but represented tough challenges to the three Democratic incumbents on the ballot and who, despite the tight races, were expected to prevail

and be nominated to run for a new term. Returns were slow coming in, so the Gazette will report on the results from these contests in next week's issue. The Queens primary contests involved: •State Senator Shirley Huntley ( 1 0 t h District/Jamaica), challenged by former City Councilmember Allan W. Jennings Jr. of South Ozone Park. •State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky 1 6 t h District/Flushing),

opposed by newcomer Robert Schwartz of Forest Hills.

•Assemblymember Ellen Young (22nd Assembly District/Flushing), against Grace Meng, also of Flushing.

Huntley, Stavisky and Young were all endorsed by the Queens Democratic organization, assuring them of heavy campaign support.

Of the three, Stavisky was expected to have the easiest task because of her long residence and political experience in the district, which would give her very strong voter recognition.

Ellen Young Ellen Young Schwartz, on the other hand, was relatively unknown politically.

Huntley's task was also expected to be relatively easy because of her strong support from Democrats in the district and voter recognition gained from many years of her school board membership and work.

Jennings is also well known in the district as a member of the City Council. However, his time in the council was short and ended abruptly when he was forced to give up his post because of several improprieties involving members of his staff.

The Young- Meng race could be the closest of the three. Both are from the Asian community in Flushing. Young will benefit from support from the local Democratic Party leadership, headed by Councilmember John Liu.

However, Meng is the daughter of prominent Flushing businessman Jimmy Meng, who held the local Assembly seat before young but gave it up for reasons of health.

Since the elder Meng had the background and experience of winning an election in Flushing, he would be able to use that experience to guide his daughter in her campaign.—John Toscano

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