Third-Place Challenger Drops Out Of Brooklyn State Senate Race

Anna Quinn

BROOKLYN, NY — One of the most-watched primary races in New York now has two candidates in the running instead of three.

Jason Salmon, one of three candidates on the ballot for Brooklyn's 25th State Senate District, ended his campaign on Tuesday, one week after receiving about 6 percent of the in-person votes during June 23's primary election.

"It’s been almost a week since election night and as we all know, the results weren’t what we were hoping for, but even though this campaign has come to an end, our fight continues," Salmon said in a statement. "I could not be prouder of the grassroots, people-powered movement that we built and the issues that we stood up for."

Salmon, a former staffer for the district's incumbent Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, threw his support behind front-runner Jabari Brisport in his concession.

Brisport received about half of the 34,000 votes cast on Election Day, leading his remaining opponent Assembly Member Tremaine Wright by about 4,000 votes.

Like most of last week's city, state and federal primaries, the 25th District race won't officially be called until an unprecedented glut of absentee ballots sent in amid the coronavirus pandemic are counted.

"In the last few months, Jabari has been a powerful voice for the progressive movement," Salmon said. "I look forward to working collaboratively with him and have all the faith that he will make a great State Senator for all of us.”

The Board of Elections has yet to begin counting upwards of 700,000 absentee ballots that were sent out for the primaries. Delayed absentee ballots — both in getting to voters and in their trip back to the BOE — are among a host of problems voters encountered during the primaries.

Brisport's campaign reaffirmed on election night that the race could not be called until the absentee ballots are counted, but have celebrated their lead over Wright.

“It’s a new day in New York politics and working-class people are taking charge of our government to build a future where all of us can not only survive but thrive” said campaign manager Fainan Lakha last Tuesday.

Wright's campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

The 25th District covers Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Red Hook and other west Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Montgomery decided earlier this year that she would not seek reelection in 2020 after decades of serving the district.

Read more about Wright here and more about Brisport here.

This article originally appeared on the Bed-Stuy Patch