The unofficial Democratic candidate for Rockland County
executive David Fried said he knew Tuesday’s primary race would be difficult
and that it would be determined by the will of the voters not special
interests. The unofficial results from the Board of Elections showed Fried
receiving 52 percent of the vote compared to challenger Ilan Schoenberger’s
almost 43 percent.
Fried thanked his supporters for their hard work and the voters for their confidence in his ability to restore Rockland County to its past greatness.
“We are going to speak directly with the voters on the phone and at their homes and give them the confidence that they need to trust that this county will be great again,” said Fried. “Rockland not only faces a deficit of money but a deficit of ideas. My campaign has and will continue to be one of ideas where every suggestion deserves discussion and debate.”
Fried, a former Spring Valley justice and county legislator, said the general election and the race against Republican Ed Day would not be any easier than the primary. He said Day was a formidable opponent. Fried said the key to winning and ending 20 years of Republican control of the county executive’s office is for the Democratic Party to be united. He plans to ask Schoenberger’s supporters for their backing.
Schoenberger said the number of Democrats who voted in Tuesday’s primary election disappointed him. He said about 13,000 Democrats voted in comparison to almost 20,000 who went to the polls in 2011 when there were primaries for Rockland County sheriff and family court judge. Schoenberger, a county legislator, would not speculate if a larger turnout would have led to a different result.
“But I think it’s a little disappointing that out of about 86,000 Democrats in Rockland County only 13,000 chose to vote in a primary election that will decide the candidate for the Democratic Party for the November election which will affect the future of this county probably for many years to come,” he said.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.