Desmond Meeks defeated Ernest Flagler in the race for the 137th State Assembly District in the June Primary. The seat was held for four decades by the David Gantt who transitioned July 1. Gantt had endorsed Flagler in the race.
Because Meeks will not face a Republican candidate in November, the Primary victory basically determines that he will be the next State Assemblyman.
Democrat Kim Smith, former Monroe County Health Department, almost pulled a major upset for the 61st State Senate District. She lost to Jacquie Berger by only 141 votes.
Smith worked hard and used her skills in the race as an organizer for VOCAL-NY (Voices of Community Activists and Leaders) in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
She did well in places such as Genesee, where she was told she would fail because she is a woman and Black.