Race for Rangel's Seat Reflects Harlem's Ethnic Shifts

State Sen. Bill Perkins says the historically African-American district is "not the seat that Adam Clayton Powell represented."

The race for retiring Rep. Charles Rangel's (D) seat will be a reflection of the changing demographics of Harlem as Hispanic voters make up a far greater portion of the electorate than in Rangel's early days in Congress.

“This is not a black seat, let me put it that way,” said state Sen. Bill Perkins (D), one of seven Democrats running. “This is not the seat that Adam Clayton Powell represented.”

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D) is running for a third time -- the first time he's not challenging Rangel.

Brian Benjamin, "a real estate developer and Harlem community board member who's active in Democratic politics," said he believes the winner of the primary will either be Perkins, Espaillat, or state Assemblyman Keith Wright (D). (Politico)