Councilwoman facing off against surprise independent opponent

Councilwoman facing off against surprise independent opponent


A City Council hopeful who came within a couple hundred votes of scoring an upset against Chinatown Councilwoman Margaret Chin is gunning for a rematch after unexpectedly winning the Independence Party line.


Christopher Marte, who lost to Chin by 222 votes in the Democratic primary, says he’ll campaign aggressively against the incumbent pol in November’s general election.


“The campaign isn’t over,” he told the Daily News.


Marte managed to score a spot on the ballot because five voters wrote in his name for the Independence line — out of a total of 21 votes cast in the all write in contest. Four people wrote in Chin’s name.

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The former investment analyst did not campaign for the third party line, but says he’ll take full advantage of the surprise spot on the November ballot.


“The majority of the community decided to vote against our Council person,” he said. “People still know I’m a Democrat and I’ll always be a Democrat and we’re just focused on the issues.”


Chin was not widely viewed as one of the city’s most vulnerable incumbents, but ended up in a primary that was too close to call for a week after Election Day after a strong showing by Marte, who accused her of failing to rein in overdevelopment in the lower Manhattan district.


Marte, 28, of the Lower East Side, ended up with 42.2% of the vote to 44% for Chin, with the rest split among other challengers.

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“Councilwoman Chin is proud to be on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines this November. Democrats sent Councilwoman Chin to victory in the Democratic Primary Election based upon her strong record of preserving and expanding affordable housing and standing up for tenants,” said spokesman Jake Dilemani.


Another unsuccessful primary challenger, Aaron Foldensuer, will also be on the general election ballot on the Liberal party line.

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