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Bramson and Jenkins racking up support in Westchester race
The two front-runners vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Westchester County executive made gains last week on the campaign trail.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson received the endorsement of State Sen. George Latimer (D-Rye), who has enjoyed some stature in county Democratic circles for defeating his Republican rival last year despite how GOP outsiders dumped money into the district.
And Board of Legislators chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) received the support of the Somers Democratic Committee in his quest to gain support for the delegates who will vote to nominate a candidate at the party’s April 24 convention.
Latimer had been mum about whom he’d support in the county executive race. So his Thursday announcement carried some weight even if, as a Long Island Shore guy, his choice of Bramson wasn’t a big surprise.
In a statement, Latimer cited Bramson’s fundraising, a common theme among Democrats considering whether to support the mayor, Jenkins or Legis. Bill Ryan (D-White Plains) in their bids to unseat Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, a well-funded incumbent serving his first term.
“Noam gives us the best chance for victory in November,” Latimer said. “Take it from me -- after last year’s campaign, I know what the GOP attack machine looks like, and I know what it takes to win. Beating Rob Astorino will require raising a sizable war chest, energizing our Democratic base and persuading the independent voters who swung Republican in 2009."
Jenkins, meanwhile, played up his Somers win on Thursday as proof that he has support beyond his power base in Yonkers.
“This most recent endorsement shows the strong level of support that Ken has all across Westchester County -- from north to south,” his campaign statement said. “It demonstrates his ability to bring together a winning coalition to the convention [later] in April, and to take on Rob Astorino in the fall.”