NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind came to Crown Heights on Sunday asking residents to vote for 43rd District candidate Geoffrey Davis.
By COLlive reporter
New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Jewish Democrat who represents Boro Park, is endorsing Geoffrey Davis in a special election for the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn.
The seat, which includes parts of Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush, has been vacant since Assemblyman Karim Camara stepped down to take a governmental position in Albany.
"Geoffrey Davis has represented his community for many years," Hikind said in a statement sent to COLlive.com. "Geoffrey Davis is a leader and will be a strong fighter as he represents his constituents' best interests. And Geoffrey Davis has my enthusiastic endorsement."
Hikind cited his support for the Education Investment Tax Credits bill as a prime reason for the endorsement. "I've been fighting hard for Education Investment Tax Credits and would welcome another colleague in the Assembly who will help us champion this vital legislation," he stated.
With no official Democrat on the ticket due to a technical error, Davis is facing a tough race against Shirley Patterson of the Independent Party and Diane Richardson of the Working Families & Green Parties for similar votes.
Crown Heights store owner Menachem Raitport, the only Jewish candidate in the race, is the Republican and Conservative parties candidate.
"I've been known to support Republicans when I believed they are the individuals who will best serve our community's interests," Hikind said and added that he was looking for "other like-minded Democrats to push through" the tax credits bill.
"There isn't a single issue that concerns us more than education for our children," Hikind said. "State funds and tax credits for education for all of our children, including those in private and parochial schools, is essential. Geoffrey Davis understands Education Investment Tax Credits."
Hikind came to Crown Heights on Sunday and campaigned alongside Davis. COLlive was told that Hikind plans to be back on election day on Tuesday, May 5.