By COLlive reporter
New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch has represented Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Plum Beach, and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn since 2014.
With his term limits up, he’s aiming for higher office.
Deutsch filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to run in the Democratic primary against Yvette Clarke who was first elected to Congress in 2006 and herself a former member of the New York City Council.
The New York’s 9th Congressional District includes the neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
“I am excited to announce my candidacy for United States Congress in NY-9,” Deutsch said on Tuesday in a public statement sent to COLlive.com.
“Public service is in my blood – it is how I was raised and it is how I have lived my life. For the past six years, it has been my honor to represent the 48th district in the City Council, one of the most diverse districts in NYC, advocating for my constituents every single day.
“It is with this same spirit & passion that I pursue this new opportunity in Congress. I am proud to live and raise my family in NY-9, and I believe every one of my neighbors deserve a tireless advocate on their behalf.”
Deutsch, an Orthodox Jew, is a child of Holocaust survivors who grew up in a small two-bedroom apartment. In between studying at Yeshiva, Deutsch took up a number of jobs to support his family, such as making pizza in a kosher pizza shop. He later worked in real estate management.
He has kept a high profile in community affairs. After graduating from the NYPD Citizens Police Academy, he founded the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol. He has also served as vice president and police liaison for the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush (COJO). He is married and a father of 5 children and grandfather to 2 grandchildren.
Southern Brooklyn news website shorefrontnews.com reported that Clarke, the incumbent, has long been seen as vulnerable but has yet to attract a credible opponent.
In 2018, Clarke was challenged from the Left by Adem Bunkeddeko. Clarke only narrowly defeated Bunkeddeko with 53% of the vote, to his 47%, with 1,852 votes (6%) separating them.
Bunkeddeko is running again against Clarke, along with Lutchi Gayot, Alexander Hubbard and Isiah James. ShoreFrontNews.com said these contenders would split the liberal and the black vote, potentially making Chaim Deutsch the odds on favorite to win the race.
The primary will be on June 23, 2020. The general election will be on November 3, 2020.