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.
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