Recent Endorsements

New Kings Democrats is proud to have endorsed seven progressive candidates this year -- now they need your help to win their primaries on Thursday, September 13.

Making Brooklyn politics more progressive starts with supporting reform-minded candidates in the run-up to September's primary, and that means petitioning, canvassing, phone-banking, and other volunteer efforts. Sign up to volunteer for the campaigns today! 

Read on to learn more about these candidates and why New Kings Democrats endorsed them.

Are you interested in pursuing our endorsement, or curious about our process? Read about it here!


2018

7th Congressional District - Nydia Velazquez

20th State Senate District - Zellnor Myrie

Female District Leader in Assembly District 51 - Genesis Aquino

Lt. Governor - Jumaane Williams

Governor - Cynthia Nixon

18th State Senate District - Julia Salazar

Attorney General - Zephyr Teachout

 

Nydia Velazquez For Congress in the 7th Congressional District

 

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The Race

Congressperson Nydia Velazquez has represented the district since 1993. She is currently running unopposed in the general election.

The District

The 7th Congressional District includes Bushwick, Greenpoint, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park, Red Hook, East New York, and Williamsburg, as well as parts of Queens and Manhattan.

The Candidate

Congressperson Velazquez has been a pioneer throughout her political career. She was the first Latina ever elected to the New York City Council and one of the only candidates brave enough to go up against the Vito Lopez-run Brooklyn political machine and win. In Congress, she sits on the House Financial Services Committee and she is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business.

Our Call

Congressperson Velazquez has had major accomplishments in the areas of affordable housing and environmental preservation. She is perhaps most notable for her advocacy for her native Puerto Rico, particularly following Hurricane Maria in 2017. Throughout her career, she has fought for progressive political reform and encouraged and led good-government grassroots organizing efforts. She has been instrumental in supporting New Kings Democrats since the club’s founding in 2008 and NKD members have voted to endorse her in every election cycle since then. She not only fights for her constituents, but she works to engage them in civic and political life. This year, in addition to taking a stand in Washington D.C. against the administration's inaction in Puerto Rico, she is actively involved in the #RepYourBlock campaign and fighting for electoral justice in her home district.

Campaign Website: www.reelectnydiavelazquez.com

Twitter: @ReElectNydia

 

Zellnor Myrie For State Senate in the 20th State Senate District

 

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The Race  

Zellnor Myrie is a first-time candidate going up against Senator Jesse Hamilton. Senator Hamilton has held the seat for the past four years. Within hours of his election in November 2016, Senator Hamilton joined the Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC). He is currently back in the mainline Democratic conference after the disbanding of the IDC in April of this year.

The District

The 20th State Senate District includes Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park.

The Candidate

Zellnor Myrie is a native of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a lawyer, and an affordable housing advocate. He cut his teeth in government serving as a Legislative Director at the New York City Council.

Our Call

Senator Hamilton earned himself a challenger by caucusing with the Republicans in the State Senate, but Zellnor is a candidate worthy of any race. Politically savvy and personable, he is well-versed in the issues facing his district and knows that to win, he must convince constituents that he will be able to address their everyday struggles. Zellnor knows his campaign must be about more than the IDC and he is prepared to make it so.

Campaign Website: zellnorforstatesenate.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ZellnorMyrie

Twitter: @Zellnor4NY

 

Genesis Aquino For Female District Leader in the 51st Assembly District

 

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The Race

First-time candidate Genesis Aquino is going up against incumbent Female District Leader, Arelis Martinez, who has held the seat for 14 years.

The District

The 51st Assembly District includes Sunset Park, Red Hook, South Slope, Greenwood Heights, and parts of Bay Ridge.

The Candidate 

In her day job, Genesis serves as the NYCHA coordinator for Housing Court Answers, supporting public housing residents as they navigate the New York City Housing Court system. Through this work and her tireless community activism, Genesis is well aware of the challenges facing her district, which includes a large number of public housing residents and individuals without immigration documentation. A first generation immigrant and longterm resident of Sunset Park, Genesis is prepared to push for a more responsive, accountable Democratic Party that works for everyday people in her district.

Our Call

Winning the title of District Leader would formalize the work that Genesis has already been doing in her district for years, and would give her a platform for her ideas about how to make County Committee more inclusive and transparent. Genesis is playing an active role in #RepYourBlock and NKD's Vision Project. She exemplifies the kind of candidate NKD should elevate and endorse for elected office in order to bring real reform to the Brooklyn Democratic Party.

Campaign Website: www.genesisaquino.nyc

Facebook: www.facebook.com/genesisaquinony

Twitter: @GenesisAquinoNY

 

Jumaane Williams For New York State Lieutenant Governor

 

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The Race

Third-term East Flatbush City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is challenging incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who has held the position for the past four years and is running again as an ally of Governor Cuomo.

The District

This is a statewide race.

The Candidate

A former tenant organizer, Jumaane has been one of the most vocal progressive voices on the New York City Council. He is unafraid to take principled stances on issues like criminal justice and affordable housing and push for bold, progressive legislation. He is the founder of the Ernest Skinner Political Association, a progressive Democratic club based in East Flatbush.

Our Call

Jumaane’s proposes making the Lieutenant Governor position less about ribbon-cutting and echoing the Governor, and more like the position of Public Advocate in New York City. He wants to create a bully pulpit that stands up to the Governor and legislature when they make decisions that are not in the best interest of all New Yorkers. Given his record on the Council and his independence as a politician, we have no doubt that he will follow through on these plans.

Campaign Website: jumaanewilliams.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jumaane4NY

Twitter: @JumaneWilliams

 

Cynthia Nixon For New York State Governor

 

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The Race

Actress and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon is challenging incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running for his third term.

The District

This is a statewide race.

The Candidate

Though best known for her work as an actress, Cynthia has spent decades fighting for progressive causes, most notably public education and LGBTQ rights. An avid supporter of labor, she has positioned herself as the grassroots candidate against the Democratic machine helmed by Governor Cuomo.

Our Call

Cynthia has already pushed Governor Cuomo to the left simply by announcing her campaign. She is working hard to build relationships with communities across the state who have been marginalized by the way he runs the government. New York needs a governor who will actually use its overwhelmingly Democratic character to enact progressive policies, rather than constantly compromise with Republicans to stay in power and maintain support from special interest groups.

Campaign Website: cynthiafornewyork.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CynthiaforNY

Twitter: @CynthiaNixon

 

Julia Salazar For State Senate in the 18th State Senate District

 

The Race

Democratic Socialists of America member Julia Salazar is challenging Martin Dilan, who has held the seat since 2003.

The District

The 18th State Senate District includes parts of Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Cypress Hills, City-Line, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Brownsvile.

The Candidate

Julia Salazar is the daughter of working-class Colombian immigrants. She has worked as a community organizer in New York City for the past ten years.

Our Call

The current State Senator, Martin Dilan, is a vestige of the Vito Lopez-controlled Brooklyn Democratic machine. NKD has endorsed his opponents in every cycle since 2012, and this year is no exception. Julia is firmly committed to fighting Albany's corporate and corrupt culture and fighting for crucial policies like universal healthcare and the strengthening of New York's rent laws. She is running what she calls a "movement campaign" focused on amplifying the voices of everyday residents of her district, and we are excited to support her in this effort.

Campaign Website: https://salazarforsenate.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalazarSenate18/

Twitter: @SalazarSenate18

 

Zephyr Teachout For New York State Attorney General

 

The Race

Law professor Zephyr Teachout, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Verizon executive Leecia Eve, and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney are running for the seat vacated by Eric Schneiderman when he resigned earlier this year.

The District

This is a statewide race.

The Candidate

Zephyr Teachout is a law professor who specializes in the study of government corruption. She challenged Governor Cuomo in the Democratic primary in 2014, and Congressman John Faso in the general election in 2016. Zephyr also has experience doing death penalty defense work, and was the Director of Internet Organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 Presidential campaign.

Our Call

Zephyr's campaign exemplifies NKD's values of transparency and accountability. She has refused corporate and LLC donations, and has been unflinchingly critical of Governor Cuomo and the corrupt Albany culture that he perpetuates. Zephyr is also firmly dedicated to doing everything in her power to fight mass incarceration and protect the rights of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Her legal efforts over the past two years have already demonstrated her willingness to take on President Trump, and we are excited to see how she will use the Attorney General's office to continue pursuing justice.

Campaign Website: https://zephyrforny.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zephyr.ny/

Twitter: @ZephyrTeachout



2017

34th City Council District - Antonio Reynoso

35th City Council District - Ede Fox

38th City Council District - Carlos Menchaca

41st City Council District - Alicka Samuel

43rd City Council District - Rev. Khader El-Yateem

 

2016

7th Congressional District - Nydia Velazquez

18th State Senate District - Debbie Medina

Assemblymember, 44th Assembly District - Bobby Carroll

District Leader, 44th Assembly District - Bobby Carroll

District Leader, 50th Assembly District - Emily Gallagher

District Leader, 50th Assembly District - Nick Rizzo

 

2014

7th Congressional District – Nydia Velazquez

18th State Senate District – Debbie Medina

20th State Senate District – Rubain Dorancy

51st Assembly District – Ceasar Zuniga

53rd Assembly District – No endorsement

55th Assembly District – Lori Boozer

District Leader, 50th Assembly District – Nick Rizzo

 

2013

53rd Assembly District – Jason Otaño

New York City Mayor – Bill de Blasio

New York City Comptroller – Scott Stringer

New York City Public Advocate – No endorsement

Brooklyn Borough President – No endorsement

Brooklyn District Attorney – Abe George

Brooklyn District Attorney – Ken Thompson

33rd City Council District – No endorsement

35th City Council District – No endorsement

38th City Council District – Carlos Menchaca

 

2012

12th Congressional District – Nydia Velazquez

10th Congressional District – Hakeem Jeffries

18th State Senate District - Jason Otaño

50th Assembly District – No endorsement

District Leader, 50th Assembly District – Lincoln Restler

District Leader, 52nd Assembly District – Chris Owens

Civil Court Judge, Countywide Races –  No endorsement

Civil Court Judge, 1st District – Richard Montelione

Civil Court Judge, 2nd District – No endorsement

 

2011

54th Assembly District – Jesus Gonzalez

 

2010

12th Congressional District – Nydia Velazquez

25th State Senate District - Daniel Squadron

52th Assembly District – Joan Millman

District Leader, 53rd Assembly District – Esteban Duran

District Leader, 53rd Assembly District – Barbara Medina

District Leader, 52rd Assembly District – Jo Anne Simon

District Leader, 50th Assembly District – Lincoln Restler

District Leader, 50th Assembly District – Kate Zidar

 

2009

33rd Council District — Evan Thies

34th Council District — No endorsement

35th Council District — Letitia James t


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