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Brakewood Wins Democratic Primary for Legislature

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Dan Brakewood of Port Chester won the Democratic Party's primary election over West Harrison's Mark Jaffe in Tuesday's vote with 56 percent of the votes counted, according to the unofficial Westchester County Board of Elections.

David Gelfarb, endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties, also received all 89 of the votes cast in the Conservative Party's primary endorsement, but there is also a write-in campaign.

"I was cautiously optimistic going into this," Brakewood said. "I'm looking to become a strong voice for Port Chester, Rye Brook and Harrison."

The Port Chester trustee will go up against Gelfarb in the Nov. 8 general election to represent Harrison, Rye, and Port Chester of District 6 in the county legislature. The winner will replace current Legislator Marty Rogowsky (D), who will retire after more than a decade of service.

"My core message has been to eliminate wasteful spending from the budget and hold down property taxes," Brakewood said. "I kept to my message and I think the voters responded to that."

The primary was Jaffe's third in three years after he ran unsuccessfully for state assembly last spring and Harrison town council in 2009.

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