Thursday, September 13, 2018
Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist, beat 16-year state Sen. Martin Dilan for the 18th District Democratic nomination. BROOKLYN, N.Y. ― Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist, was plagued by negative news coverage in the final weeks of her insurgent campaign against incumbent New York state Sen. Martin Dilan for making misleading statements about her background. But voters in North Brooklyn on Thursday found her preferable to Dilan's close ties to the real estate lobby, as Salazar triumphed in the Democratic primary for the New York state Senate's 18th district seat.
"Julia Salazar's victory is a testament to how much her policy platform resonated with the people of North Brooklyn, some of the fastest gentrifying communities in New York City," said Susan Kang, a leader of the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which endorsed Salazar, who is an active dues-paying member of the organization. "Her bold platform of fighting for tenants' rights, immigrants and transit riders matters more than this expensive smear campaign against her, and that shows how important the issues really are."
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