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Charles Barron
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Candidate for
New York State Assembly, District 60
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Charles Barron was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 60 of the New York State Assembly.

Barron was unsuccessful as a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of New York. Barron also ran for Governor of New York in the 2010 election as a Freedom Party candidate.


Barron is a New York City councilman.[1]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Charles Barron defeated Christopher Banks in the Democratic primary, while Leroy Bates, Sr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. James Tillmon was removed from the ballot before the Democratic primary. Bates also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Barron defeated Bates in the general election.[2][3][4]

New York State Assembly, District 60 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Barron 94.2% 13,270
     Republican Leroy Bates 5.8% 822
Total Votes 14,092
New York State Assembly, District 60 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Barron 63.3% 4,082
Christopher Banks 36.7% 2,370
Total Votes 6,452


See also: New York's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Barron ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 8th District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket and was defeated by Hakeem Jeffries in the June 26 Democratic primary.[5]

With Ed Towns (D) retiring, Barron and state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries sought the party nod in the June 26 Democratic primary.

Barron fought back from a fundraising disadvantage and gained an endorsement from the state's largest public employees union, as well as the nod from the retiring incumbent, Ed Towns. This worried many Democrats, as Barron is a controversial figure prone to outspoken comments.[6] A former Black Panther, Barron has expressed a desire to "go up to the closest white person and... slap him," and has said Israel is "the world's greatest terrorist."[1] These and other similar comments worried the Democratic establishment about Barron's potential to alienate people on the national scale.[6]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), among others, denounced Barron's "anti-Israel" stance.[7]

Jeffries, on the other hand, had widespread support from the other New York representatives in the U.S. House, along with greater campaign coffers.[6]

On the issues, the two candidates had some variance. Jeffries worked to legalize same-sex marriage at the state level, while Barron opposed gay marriage. And in contrast to Barron's stated views on Israel, Jeffries has visited Israel as part of a community relations group.[6]

Barron unabashedly stuck to his statements, even if they are viewed as alienating and controversial. Despite his abrasive remarks, however, he is admitted by many to be charming.[6] Jeffries takes an opposite approach, seeking to unite a broad range of people. Rep. Yvette Clarke, among others, sees Jeffries as a rising star.[6]

The AFSCME local DC37, the state's largest public employee union, threw their weight behind Barron.[1] Jeffries gathered endorsements from smaller unions.[6]

U.S. House, New York District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHakee, Jeffries 71.9% 25,712
Charles Barron 28.1% 10,063
Total Votes 35,775


See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Barron ran as a Freedom Party candidate against Andrew Cuomo (D), Carl P. Paladino (R), Warren Redlich (L), Howie Hawkins (G) and five other candidates in the general election on November 2, 2010.

New York Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo/Robert Duffy 61% 2,910,876
     Republican Carl Paladino/Gregory Edwards 32.5% 1,547,857
     Green Howie Hawkins/Gloria Mattera 1.3% 59,906
     Rent is 2 Damn High Jimmy McMillan/No candidate 0.9% 41,129
     Libertarian Warren Redlich/Alden Link 1% 48,359
     Anti-Prohibition Kristin Davis/Tanya Gendelman 0.4% 20,421
     Freedom Charles Barron/Eva Doyle 0.5% 24,571
     Blank - 2.3% 107,823
     Void - 0.1% 3,963
     Scattering - 0.1% 4,836
Total Votes 4,769,741
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections



Barron was endorsed by the Sierra Club, former U.S. Rep. Ed Towns, and AFSCME public employee union local DC37.[8]

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