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NYC Dems Choose Assemblyman To Run For Weiner’s Seat

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Assemblyman David Weprin (credit: Flickr/David Weprin)

Assemblyman David Weprin (credit: Flickr/David Weprin)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Democrats have chosen who they want to run for former Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s seat.

Assemblyman David Weprin will compete for the 9th district Congressional seat in a special election on September 13.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced there would be a special election earlier this month and there has been much speculation over who would run.

Weprin is heavily favored to win the seat, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

A former New York City councilman, Weprin ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination to be comptroller in 2009.

He was elected to the Assembly in 2010 after serving in the City Council for eight years.

Weprin is scheduled to meet with Democratic leaders Thursday night and will be formally nominated on Friday.

Councilman Eric Ulrich is considered a possible GOP contender. Republicans are expected to choose a candidate to compete in the special election, but no Republican has ever won the seat.

Weiner resigned last month in the wake of a Twitter sexting scandal.

The special election on September 13 will also include six Assembly districts with vacancies that need to be filled.

Those are in Oneida County, Erie County, Brooklyn, Manhattan and two in Queens.

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