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Incumbent Laurie Cumbo Wins Primary for Brooklyn Council Seat

 Councilmember Laurie Cumbo celebrates her Democratic primary win on Tuesday night at Dorsett event hall on Washington Avenue.
Councilmember Laurie Cumbo celebrates her Democratic primary win on Tuesday night at Dorsett event hall on Washington Avenue.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — In a hotly contested race, incumbent Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo pulled out a decisive victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday over her second-time challenger, Ede Fox.

Cumbo received just over 57 percent of the vote in Council District 35, according to polling results from the New York Board of Elections. With 99 percent of the votes tallied, Fox nabbed 41.5 percent.

Fox first ran against Cumbo in 2013 and returned to the campaign trail to challenge the incumbent again this year, frequently criticizing Cumbo over the proposed Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment project in Crown Heights. The controversial project has drawn protests from residents for months, with many activists calling on Cumbo directly to kill the proposal.

At her campaign victory party at the Dorsett event hall on Washington Avenue Tuesday night, Cumbo dedicated the night to her newborn son, Prince Noah, born just five weeks ago, and thanked her supporters for their work on a race that “wasn’t even close,” she said.

“When we stay positive, when we stay above the fray, when we continue to stay on-message and we continue to run on our record, when we continue to run on our accomplishments, we succeed,” she said of the contentious campaign.

To win another term in District 35 — which covers Fort Greene, DUMBO, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Crown Heights — Cumbo will need to beat Jabari Brisport of the Green Party and Republican Christine Parker in the general election on Nov. 7.