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Ken Jenkins, county executive hopeful, picks up 2 endorsements
Westchester County Board of Legislators chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) picked up two more endorsements in his effort to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for county executive.
The Black Democrats of Westchester and the New York Hotel Trades Council, or HTC, recently gave Jenkins their support.
"Ken's candidacy will excite the Democratic and labor base in November like no other and can subdue the usual and effective Republican attack on taxes,” said David Ford, chairman of the Black Democrats of Westchester.
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In touting the HTC’s endorsement, Jenkins issued a statement highlighting how labor would help him compensate for the fundraising advantage of incumbent County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican who had $2.2 million in campaign funds as of mid-January, the last deadline for reporting campaign finances.
“As you know, Democrats don't buy elections,” Jenkins said in his statement. “We win with boots on the ground. Simply put, we cannot beat Rob Astorino without our unions.”
Jenkins needs all the help he can get.
He will face off against New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Legis. Bill Ryan (D-White Plains) for the party’s nomination on the party’s convention on April 24.
Bramson claims to have lined up sufficient support among delegates to win the nomination at the convention.
But Jenkins, who is widely considered a close second to Bramson, has vowed to keep up the fight.