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November 4, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 14
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In Bushwick: Reyna beats Davila — and Vito!

The Brooklyn Paper

Diana Reyna (D):

9,830 (60 percent)

Maritza Davila (WFP): 5,647 (35 percent)

Jacqueline Haro (R): 916 (6 percent)

Incumbent Diana Reyna won a third term in a race so bitter that the chairman of Brooklyn’s Democratic Party organization didn’t even endorse his party’s nominee.

Instead, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick) backed Working Families Party candidate Maritza Davila, lost to Reyna by just 251 votes in the Democratic primary in September. Reyna, a former Lopez protege, broke with her former mentor and he has sought to defeat her ever since.

The race also featured a rare intrusion into local politics by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the borough’s Catholic leader, who recorded a robocall thanking Lopez for his work in the state legislature regarding sex abuse legislation. Reyna allies claimed that the calls amounted to a tacit endorsement from the Catholic Church.

But Reyna and her supporters had the last laugh, partying outside their S. First Street headquarters and nearly shutting down Bedford Avenue.

“It’s a party in the street!” said Reyna volunteer Lincoln Restler.

— Aaron Short

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