Mark Winston Griffith (photo) points out that more than 70 percent of voters in the Democratic primary voted for someone other than Al Vann, the incumbent Councilman.
That fact helped convinced Griffith that he could take on Vann and win in the general election this November.
Yes, Vann will be on the Democrat line and, yes, an incumbent always holds an enormous advantage, being able to turn out hundreds whose jobs are linked to the sitting official.
(Recall the former Councilmember who said an incumbent in New York can totally "fuck up" the job, and he will still be elected.)
Calling himself a "Democrat" who will be on the Working Families Party line in November, Griffith says he believes Bed-Stuy guys and gals (okay, those are our words) want change, which is a word that Griffith uses very prominently and frequently.
Herewith, in fact, we offer you Griffith's "Open Letter to People Seeking Change in Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant," announcing his candidacy.