Krystal Serrano won the endorsement of the Orange County Democratic Committee Wednesday night in her bid for the vacant 98th Assembly District seat, overcoming a late challenge from fellow Monroe resident Elisa Tutini.
Weighted voting totals were not immediately available. The Assembly contest was the only upcoming race with more than one Democrat competing for party support at the endorsement convention, held at the Holiday Inn in the Town of Wallkill.
[Update: The weighted voting tally was 3,690 for Serrano and 2,144.5 for Tutini, according to county Democratic Chairman Jonathan Jacobson. Tutini has confirmed she plans to compete against Serrano for the Democratic nomination in a Sept. 9 primary.]
[Update #2: Serrano's campaign announced Friday that Rockland County Democrats endorsed her at their own convention Thursday night.]
Serrano, who announced her Assembly campaign in January, is a community outreach and government affairs coordinator for Healthfirst, a managed care organization that provides medical coverage to more than 900,000 people in New York and New Jersey, according to the company’s website.
“My campaign is about PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST,” Serrano said in a statement Thursday. “My life has been devoted to helping people, and I am determined to run a campaign devoted to economic justice, protecting the rights of everyone, continuing to support women’s equality, ethics reform and protecting our environment.”
Three Republicans — Karl Brabenec, Dan Castricone and Michael Morgillo — are running for the same Assembly seat, vacated by Annie Rabbitt in January after she became county clerk. Brabenec recently won the Republican Party’s endorsement, while Castricone has picked up the backing of the Conservative Party and the citizens groups United Monroe and Preserve Ramapo.
The 98th District covers the Orange County towns of Deerpark, Greenville, Minisink, Monroe, Warwick and Tuxedo, the City of Port Jervis, and part of the Town of Ramapo in Rockland county.