Brooklyn, NY – He has represented Boro Park, Dyker Heights and sections of Midwood in the State Assembly for nearly 30 years. He pummeled a Republican challenger last year but usually runs unopposed. His voice has become virtually synonymous with his highly Jewish district, which relies on him to champion equity issues and fight bias.
Democrat Dov Hikind, who breaks from the party line frequently when he disagrees with it, is as entrenched as entrenched gets. But something may finally change that: the vacancy in the 9th Congressional district, created by Anthony Weiner’s sudden departure.
“A lot of people are encouraging me to run. It is a very conservative Democratic district. But at this point, I have made no decision one way or another,” Hikind told Hamodia yesterday.
He did not identify who has done the encouraging and, through spokesperson Allison Witty, politely declined to discuss the matter further. But social media groups rooting for Hikind to enter the fray have formed.
The Congressional district now up for grabs is not as densely Jewish as Hikind’s current one, but it also has a high percentage of Jewish constituents. For now, the district includes the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Kew Garden Hills and Far Rockaway in Queens, and Marine Park and pieces of Midwood and Kensington in Brooklyn. It is poised to change or be dissolved in the redistricting process, unless one of the parties can leverage a strong figure in the seat.
The voting trend in the Congressional district has veered more right-wing with time a factor that would help Hikind, who could possibly vie for the Republican nomination given his history of aligning with that party’s platform on certain issues, particularly security and socially oriented ones. Weiner was a shoo-in on his re-election bids, though last year, Republican Robert Turner came out of nowhere and capitalized on anti-liberal backlash. Running on the Conservative Party line as well, Turner took 37 percent of the vote; Weiner, running on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines, scooped up57 percent – a commanding but diminished show of power.