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Battle For Traditional Congressional Black Seat In Brooklyn Heats Up

Battle For Traditional Congressional Black Seat In Brooklyn Heats Up

May 11th, 2006

Race For Campaign Funds

Takes Center-Stage By Tony Best When the influential Jewish Community Relations Council held its annual Congressional Breakfast on a recent Sunday morning in Manhattan two City Council members were introduced to guests as "candidates" for Congress.

What wasn't mentioned at the 92nd Street Y, though, was that David Yassky, a White elected official, and Yvette Clarke, a Black two-term elected representative were vying for the same House of Representatives seat that was created almost a half century ago to give Blacks in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and East New York more effective representation in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

It's the 11th Congressional District, a constituency that's overwhelmingly Blacks but has thousands of white and Jewish voters in Crown Heights and the affluent Park Slope community.

But Clarke who was born in New York City and traces her family's roots to the Caribbean and Yassky who is Jewish aren't the only candidates in the race for what is a often referred to as a historic "Voting Rights District," an electoral constituency that was specifically carved out in the civil rights era of 1960s.

New York State Senator Carl Andrews, State Assemblyman Nick Perry and Chris Owens, son of Congressman Major Owens are also in the race.Source:

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