Alcántara, De La Rosa score landmark wins in primary election
Story by Gregg McQueen
After making history in June with a victory in the Democratic Congressional primary, forging a path to become the first Dominican to serve in the U.S. Congress, Adriano Espaillat helped two Dominican women make history of their own in Tuesday night’s state primary election.
Marisol Alcántara won Espaillat’s vacated seat in the 31st District of the State Senate, edging out Micah Lasher and Robert Jackson in a tight race, while Carmen De La Rosa earned a resounding victory in her bid to represent the 72nd Assembly District.
For Alcántara, who was participating in her first political campaign and was little known by many voters at the outset of the race, the victory was a historic one, as she becomes the first Dominican woman to serve in the State Senate.
Alcántara won with 32.4 percent of the vote, while Lasher earned 30.1 percent and Jackson won 29.7.
In the Assembly race, De La Rosa soundly defeated incumbent Guillermo Linares, gaining 46.2 percent of the vote to Linares’ 32.4. A third challenger, George Fernández, gained 8 percent.
Both women were cheered wildly as they took the stage during a victory party at 809 Bar and Grill in Inwood.