The race for the Democratic line to take on Assemblyman Robert Castelli this November appears to be over, as White Plains resident and attorney Jeremiah Frei-Pearson announced Wednesday morning he would be dropping out of the race to endorse White Plains Councilman David Buchwald.
“While I sincerely appreciate the tremendous support I’ve received over the past several months from many voters, community leaders and political activists, the goal has always been to ensure a Democratic victory in November,” Frei-Pearson said in a press release Wednesday morning. “The best way to do that is to focus all our resources behind a single Democratic candidate, and that candidate is David Buchwald.”
Frei-Pearson, who in 2010 ran for the state legislature in Queens, entered the race in January and was, along with Buchwald, one of two Democrats to remain in the race even after the first set of committee endorsements. Buchwald, though, emerged as the frontrunner as he earned the endorsements of all but one of the local Democratic committees (Bedford endorsed Frei-Pearson).
“I am honored to have the support of such a hardworking, dedicated leader as Jeremiah Frei-Pearson,” Buchwald said in a press release. “I share Jeremiah’s ideals of fighting for our children, strengthening our state’s economy and reforming Albany, and I look forward to working with him, and all our supporters to ensure victory on Election Day.”
Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) was elected in a special election in 2010 and re-elected later that year.