Yoni Hikind Endorsed by Russian Leaders in Brooklyn

Counterclockwise from top: Yoni Hikind, Ari Kagan, Gregory Davidzon, and Margarita Kagan (Image via Kings County Politics

“Our Neighborhood” party candidate Yoni Hikind has secured the support of three political leaders of the Russian-American community in his run against Democratic candidate Kalman Yeger for the 44th District City Council seat. Kings County Politics’ Stephen Witt writes:

Gregory Davidzon, president of Davidzon Radio and RTN, along with Ari Kagan, and Margarita Kagan (no relation), the male and female Democratic District Leaders of the 45th Assembly District all vowed to mount a Russian voter mobilization effort to elect Yoni Hikind in the general election on Nov. 7.

The district includes Borough Park and parts of Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Kensington, Midwood and Sheepshead Bay – all of which has a number of Jewish and non-Jewish voters from the former Soviet Union.

The reporter notes that “ironically,” the three had supported the current council member, David Greenfield – a Democrat who is endorsing Yeger as his replacement – when he ran for then City Council member Simcha Felder’s seat seven years ago. Greenfield is leaving the council to head the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

Kagan said that the race, and the candidate, is very different this time around. What did he mean? What did the leaders say in support of Hikind? And what did Kagan warn against when it comes to voters from the former Soviet republics? Find out at Kings County Politics.

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