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Grace Meng, Rory Lancman Vie for Gary Ackerman's Congressional Seat

Though Queens Dems apparently picked Grace Meng to succeed Gary Ackerman, it looks like another Assemblymember wants the longtime pol's Congressional seat.

Rory Lancman will announce his candidacy for New York's 6th District today -- and he's ready to do battle with Meng -- who if elected, would become the first Asian-American Congress member from the Empire State. (H/T City and State)

On his Facebook page, Lancman wrote last night: Congrats to my friend Grace, looking forward to a spirited campaign on the issues. #NY06."

City Councilmember Mark S. Weprin tweeted: "#NY6 Congratulations Grace! You have my full support!"

Though Meng has the backing of the Democratic establishment, Politicker notes that demographics could play a key role in the upcoming contest. The district in question is mainly Asian, but only by a small margin.

What this means: older, Jewish voters -- who Lancman has courted aggressively (judging from the press releases Runnin' Scared keeps receiving) -- could propel him to victory.

Meng has pushed for laws that would ban smoking in a vehicle when a child under 14 is present and require that health insurers cover baby formula. She's also sponsored a bill that would require prisoners get checked for alcoholism and drug abuse.

Lancman has recently advocated bills that would boost construction site safety and prevent sewage flooding.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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