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The inspiring story of Brooklyn’s new DA, Ken Thompson

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) – History was made in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s race, and to do it, Ken Thompson had to defeat Charles Hynes twice.

District Attorney elections after often considered lifetime appointments. In Brooklyn, a sitting DA has not been defeated since 1911 – until now. On Tuesday former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson defeated incumbent Charles Hynes by what was looking like a landslide. Leading by a 72% to 28% margin with 80% of precincts counted.

Thompson had already defeated Hynes in the primaries in September when Hynes called to concede – following that call with a public concession. But soon after Hynes would reverse his concession and run on the Republican ticket. A move that did not pay off.

It was a race characterized by negative campaigning, with Thompson often appearing less negative.

Thompson’s personal story is an inspiring one, of a dedicated hard-working young man from humble beginnings.  Watch the full piece by Arthur Chien to find out more about Brooklyn’s new district attorney.