In a hotly contested race, incumbent Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo pulled out a decisive victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday over her second-time challenger, Ede Fox.
Cumbo received just over 57 percent of the vote in Council District 35, according to polling results from the New York Board of Elections. With 99 percent of the votes tallied, Fox nabbed 41.5 percent.
Fox first ran against Cumbo in 2013 and returned to the campaign trail to challenge the incumbent again this year, frequently criticizing Cumbo over the proposed Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment project in Crown Heights. The controversial project has drawn protests from residents for months, with many activists calling on Cumbo directly to kill the proposal, DNA Info reported.
Cumbo was endorsed by the Crown Heights Jewish Coalition (the community’s Political Action Committee).
At her campaign victory party at the Dorsett event hall on Washington Avenue Tuesday night, Cumbo thanked Jewish community leaders Chanina Sperlin and Eli Cohen of the CHJCC, activists Devorah Halberstam and Rabbi Shea Hecht, and Councilmember David Greenfield.