Should Clarke get beat on June 26, 2018?
Has Clarke’s record deep blue co-sponsorships for the Democratic Party leadership enough anymore? Let’s see, in Washington D.C., the Congress, Senate and the Executive Branch all have Republican majorities. The answer is no. It is evident that the beautiful, diverse and democratically blue urban world of the United States has been challenged. It needs fighters that will force compromise. Yes?
The 9th Congressional District is “Safe Democratic.”
Safe means the best voters can hope for is a primary election that will make us smarter as residents. For the lack of reform in national campaign finance, the first thing to follow before any issue is the money. The analysis will begin of the Clarke money trail (here) for comparison to Bunkeddeko (here). On the face of it, Clarke has a spending trail at just under a half million, while Bunkeddeko is only over $100,000. The money trail will be worth watching as it develops. For this campaign, Clarke’s fundraising is similar to that of Bunkeddiko’s which means we might have a good race. One other thing this year the average income of a Congressmember is $1million, but the salary is just $178,000?
- Can close to 10,000 fifty-dollar donations get a challenger funded this year and will that help to make 2018 debate interesting in the deep blue of the 9th Congressional District?
- Should it be even bluer, more progressive and politically creative with the rights of people to resist and change the current state of political affairs? The answer is yes, and it is now.
Why is this Confrontation Essential?
The 9th is a working-class, truth to power district.
Most members of House of Representatives are millionaires. Not our candidates. A reps salary is $174,000. Clarke reports a net worth of only $105,000 in 2012, an update to 2017 will be exciting for comparison to Bunkeddeko. In the most recent fundraising quarter, Politico reported Adem raised roughly $121,000 — not far behind Clarke’s $164,000.
The 9th is an “issue-condensing” district.
The 9th is the only district that is only in Brooklyn. It is the least gerrymandered district in all of New York City, and its lines are drawn less for Red/Blue reasons than to assure voters can produce representatives in Congress that looks like NYC. (Draft of Issues)
The 9th is a district of neighborhoods with mutual interest networks.
To some, CD 9 has the shape of Lady Liberty’s torch, to others, it might be more like a wine glass as it narrows from Crown Heights into Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and Sheepshead Bay (See map).
The 9th is a vote-workable district.
An analysis of the 9th CD’s demography is easy to conduct, and it can be analyzed into individual census tracts with election district connections to initiate the task of listening during a canvass. To get listeners a small network of walkers during the spring and summer with clipboards, V-registration and interview forms and the PR Literature has two entire train station networks to work. (Statistics pdf draft) Next, a look at the vote-rich districts and the challenges each represents.
The 9th can produce progressive reform narratives worthy of national attention.
The 2018 election is not only about Democrats beating Republicans, but it also about pushing Democrats to get our house in order. Movements such as Indivisible on the national front have serious concerns regarding the future of the Democracy. (Issues)
The 9th is a district that can enjoy a dialogue and a useful home-based narrative.
The 9th CD has the diversity of people and experience that know how to produce mutual benefits, share struggles, and enjoy victories with a deep breath of confidence. There are two reasons. First, this is a debate between Democrats. It can only elevate the quality of their game. Second, pushing Brooklyn Democrats to get their democracy houses in order will be improved because of this challenge. (See New Kings Dems). A possible benefit might include help in city council races affecting portions of the 9th CD.