2003-09-05 / Front Page

Sanders And Brown In Primary

By Brian Magoolaghan
Sanders And Brown In Primary

Sanders And Brown In Primary

After winning a battle in federal court, Everly D. Brown will face incumbent James Sanders, Jr. in the Democratic Party primary next Tuesday, September 9.

Brown, who ran as a Republican and was soundly defeated by Sanders in the 2001 election, will face Sanders in November no matter what the result next week-both men also have other party lines. Brown holds the Republican and Conservative lines and Sanders the Working Families line.

"Voters should have a choice," said Brown when asked why he fought to be included in the primary and spent thousands of donated dollars in legal fees.

"The waters of democracy run deep and are inviting," Sanders said reacting to Brown's decision to pursue his case. "I've never been concerned about his running and I'm not now," he added.

Sanders said he is confident because he earned about 14,000 more votes, or about 86 percent of the total vote, than Brown two years ago and now has experience that his challenger does not.

"The people can go with my record or his promises," Sanders said, adding that Democratic voters would be "foolish to change horses in midstream."

But Sanders admits he is concerned with one thing-that voters will perceive this as a no-contest race.

"I need a mandate from the people to go back and arm wrestle with the mayor...I need to say that I'm back with a higher percentage of the votes than before," Sanders said.

Brown filed his legal petition to get into the primary, along with Bronx attorney and former assistant district attorney Neil V. Grimaldi, late last month. The lawsuit charged the New York City Board of Elections with violating fair election procedure to the detriment of African Americans. In his lawsuit Brown said he had been improperly disqualified from the primary and accused the judges reviewing his case of being politically biased. In an unorthodox move, Brown even picketed Sanders' Rockaway home earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, no primary will be held for the 32 Council District representing the peninsula's west end-incumbent Democrat Joseph Addabbo, Jr. will face Republican Michael Mossa in November, but faces no opposition from within his party.

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