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Candidates for 2017 City Elections

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Mayor de Blasio signs in to vote (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)

With the 2016 elections behind us and 2017 here, the focus in New York City is turning to this year's city election cycle. There will be dozens of races on the ballot for primaries in September and the general election in November, including Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempt at re-election.

The other citywide positions of Public Advocate and Comptroller will also be voted on, as well as all five Borough Presidents, all 51 City Council seats, and two District Attorney positions (Brooklyn and Manhattan).

Candidates continue to declare their intentions to run and file with the state Board of Elections and city Campaign Finance Board. While filing a campaign committee with the Campaign Finance Board happens on a rolling basis, the most recent filing deadline for financial disclosures was mid-August. Candidates have had to submit ballot petitioning signatures to the Board of Elections, with some candidates then not making the ballot.

Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer are running for re-election to their posts, as are all five of the other borough presidents -- Queens’ Melinda Katz, Manhattan’s Gale Brewer, Staten Island’s James Oddo, Brooklyn’s Eric Adams, and Ruben Diaz Jr. of the Bronx.

In the City Council, there are just seven of the 51 members who are term-limited from running for re-election. One now former Council member, Inez Dickens, was recently elected to the state Assembly and State Senator Bill Perkins was elected to the vacant seat in a special election -- Perkins is seeking reelection. There are several current state legislators running for City Council seats and one, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who is the presumptive Republican nominee for mayor. Additionally, City Council Members Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and David Greenfield have decided not to run for reelection, so their seats have become "open," as has the seat formerly held by Ruben Wills, who was convicted on public corruption charges.

While a few City Council incumbents are facing tough challengers, there will be relatively limited action in City Council races beyond the 10 "open" seats where the current officeholder is term-limited or not seeking reelection. The competition in several of those seats looks like it will be fierce, and there will be several serious races where incumbents are trying to hold on.

Below is a running list of official and rumored candidates for many city races of 2017. Gotham Gazette will be editing this list on a running basis, as well as adding more to our 2017 election coverage, including more detail about candidates, races, issues, campaign endorsements and fundraising, debates, and more. [Note: not listed in this post are offices on the ballot including District Leader, County Committee, and other hyper-local races.]

---Candidate list last updated August 20, 2017---

Bill de Blasio, Democrat, incumbent
Sal Albanese, Democrat
Robert Gangi, Democrat
Michael Tolkin, Democrat
Richard Bashner, Democrat

Nicole Malliotakis, Republican

Richard “Bo” Dietl, independent
Aaron Commey, Libertarian
Akeem Browder, Green

Abbey Laurel-Smith, Pilgrims Alliance
Garrett Bowser, independent
Eric W. Armstead, independent
Ahsan Syed, Theocratic
Robbie Gosine, independent
Asim Deen (party TBD)
Scott Joyner (party TBD)
Eric Roman (party TBD)
Rosemary Hameed (party TBD)
James Berry (party TBD)
Salvador Morales, (party TBD)
Louis Puliafito, (party TBD)
Eliseo Santos, (party TBD)
Karmen Smith, (party TBD)

Public Advocate
Letitia James, Democrat, incumbent
David Eisenbach, Democrat & Liberal
J.C. Polanco, Republican
James Lane, Green
Michael O'Reilly, Conservative
Devin Balkind, Libertarian
Cardon Pompey (party TBD)

Scott Stringer, Democrat, incumbent
Michel J. Faulkner, Republican
Alex Merced, Libertarian
Julia Willebrand, Green

Bronx Borough President
Ruben Diaz, Jr., Democrat, incumbent
Camella Pinkney-Price, Democrat
Avery Selkridge, Democrat
Michael Garcia (party TBD)

Brooklyn Borough President
Eric Adams, Democrat, incumbent
Ben Kissel, Reform & Libertarian
Vito Bruno, Republican

Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz, Democrat, incumbent
William Kregler, Republican

Manhattan Borough President
Gale Brewer, Democrat, incumbent
Brian Waddell, Libertarian
Linda Liu (party TBD)

Staten Island Borough President
James Oddo, Republican, incumbent
Tom Shcherbenko, Democrat
Henry Bardel, Green

Brooklyn District Attorney
Eric Gonzalez, Democrat, incumbent (named acting District Attorney in 2016)
Patricia Gatling, Democrat
Vincent Gentile, Democrat
Stephanie Ama-Dwimoh, Democrat
Marc Fliedner, Democrat
Anne Swern, Democrat

Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 1
Margaret Chin, Democrat, incumbent
Christopher Marte, Democrat
Aaron Foldenauer, Democrat
Dashia Imperiale, Democrat

City Council District 2 - open seat (held by Rosie Mendez)
Carlina Rivera, Democrat
Mary Silver, Democrat
Jasmin Sanchez, Democrat
Ronnie Cho, Democrat
Jorge Vasquez, Democrat
Erin Hussein, Democrat
Jimmy McMillan, Republican & Rent is Too Damn High
Donald Garrity, Libertarian

City Council District 3
Corey Johnson, Democrat, incumbent
Marni Halasa, Green

City Council District 4 - open seat (held by Dan Garodnick)
Jeffrey Mailman, Democrat
Keith Powers, Democrat
Bessie R. Schachter, Democrat
Martha Speranza, Democrat
Maria Castro, Democrat
Vanessa Aronson, Democrat
Barry Shapiro, Democrat
Rachel Honig, Democrat
Alec Hartman, Democrat
Rebecca Harary, Republican

City Council District 5
Ben Kallos, Democrat, incumbent
Patrick Bobilin, Democrat
Gwen Goodwin, Democrat

City Council District 6
Helen Rosenthal, Democrat, incumbent
Cary Goodman, Democrat
Mel Wymore, Democrat
David Owens (party TBD)
William Raudenbush (party TBD)

City Council District 7
Mark Levine, Democrat, incumbent
Thomas Lopez-Pierre, Democrat
Florindo Troncelliti, Green

City Council District 8 - open seat (held by Melissa Mark-Viverito)
Diana Ayala, Democrat
Tamika Mapp, Democrat
Robert Rodriguez, Democrat
Israel Martinez, Democrat

City Council District 9
Bill Perkins, Democrat, incumbent (elected in February special election)
Marvin Holland, Democrat
Marvin Spruill, Democrat
Tyson Lord-Gray, Democrat
Cordell Cleare, Democrat
Julius Tajiddin, Democrat
Jack Royster, Republican
Pierre Gooding, Libertarian

City Council District 10
Ydanis Rodriguez, Democrat, incumbent
Josue Perez, Democrat
Francesca Castellanos
Gregory Purdy, Republican
Anthony del Orbe (party TBD)

City Council District 11
Andrew Cohen, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 12
Andy King, Democrat, incumbent
Pamela Hamilton-Johnson, Democrat
Karrée-Lyn Gordon, Democrat

City Council District 13 - open seat (held by James Vacca)
John C. Doyle, Democrat
Mark Gjonaj, Democrat
Marjorie Velazquez, Democrat
Egidio Sementilli, Democrat
John Cerini, Republican

City Council District 14
Fernando Cabrera, Democrat, incumbent
Randy Abreu, Democrat
Felix Perdomo, Democrat

City Council District 15
Ritchie Torres, Democrat, incumbent
Jayson Cancel, Jr., Martial Arts Party

City Council District 16
Vanessa Gibson, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 17
Rafael Salamanca, Democrat, incumbent
Helen Foreman-Hines, Democrat
Patrick Delices, Republican

City Council District 18 - open seat (held by Annabel Palma)
Amanda Farias, Democrat
Elvin Garcia, Democrat
Michael Beltzer, Democrat
Ruben Diaz, Sr., Democrat
William Moore, Democrat
Carl Lundgren, Green
Eisley Constantine, Republican

City Council District 19
Paul Vallone, Democrat, incumbent
Paul Graziano, Democrat

City Council District 20
Peter Koo, Democrat, incumbent
Alison Tan, Democrat

City Council District 21 - open seat (held by Julissa Ferreras-Copeland)
Hiram Monserrate, Democrat
Francisco Moya, Democrat

City Council District 22
Costa Constantinides, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 23
Barry Grodenchik, Democrat, incumbent
Benny Itteera, Democrat
Joseph Concannon, Republican
John Lim (party TBD)

City Council District 24
Rory Lancman, Democrat, incumbent
Mohammad Rahman, Democrat

City Council District 25
Daniel Dromm, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 26
Jimmy Van Bramer, Democrat, incumbent
Marvin Jeffcoat, Republican

City Council District 27
I. Daneek Miller, Democrat, incumbent
Anthony Rivers, Democrat
Rupert Green, Republican
Frank Francois, Green

City Council District 28 - open seat (Ruben Wills was convicted on public corruption charges)
Adrienne Adams, Democrat
Richard David, Democrat
Hettie V. Powell, Democrat
Ivan Mossop, Republican

City Council District 29
Karen Koslowitz, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 30
Elizabeth Crowley, Democrat, incumbent
Robert Holden, Democrat

City Council District 31
Donovan Richards, Democrat, incumbent
Derek Hamilton (party TBD)
Latanya Collins (party TBD)

City Council District 32
Eric Ulrich, Republican, incumbent
Mike Scala, Democrat
Helal Sheikh, Democrat
William Ruiz, Democrat
Jay Rivera (party TBD)

City Council District 33
Stephen Levin, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 34
Antonio Reynoso, Democrat, incumbent
Tommy Torres, Democrat

City Council District 35
Laurie Cumbo, Democrat, incumbent
Ede Fox, Democrat
Jabari Brisport, Green
Scott Hutchins, Green
Christine Parker, Republican

City Council District 36
Robert Cornegy, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 37
Rafael Espinal, Democrat, incumbent
Persephone Sarah Jane Smith, Green

City Council District 38
Carlos Menchaca, Democrat, incumbent
Delvis Valdes, Democrat
Sara Gonzalez, Democrat
Felix Ortiz, Democrat
Chris Miao, Democrat
Carmen Hulbert, Green

City Council District 39
Brad Lander, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 40
Mathieu Eugene, Democrat, incumbent
Brian Cunningham, Democrat
Pia Raymond, Democrat
Jennifer Berkley, Democrat

City Council District 41 - open seat (held by Darlene Mealy)
Moreen King, Democrat
Deidre Olivera, Democrat
Cory Provost, Democrat
Henry Butler, Democrat
Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Democrat
David Miller, Democrat
Leopold Cox, Democrat
Royston Antoine, Democrat
Victor Jordan, Democrat

City Council District 42
Inez Barron, Democrat, incumbent
Mawuli Hormeku, Democrat

City Council District 43 - open seat (held by Vincent Gentile)
Bob Capano, Republican
Liam McCabe, Republican
John Quaglione, Republican
Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican
Justin Brannan, Democrat
Kevin Peter Carroll, Democrat
Nancy Tong, Democrat
Khader El-Yateem, Democrat
Vincenzo Chirico, Democrat

City Council District 44 - open seat (held by David Greenfield, who is not seeking reelection)
Kalman Yeger, Democrat
Yoni Hikind, Our Neighborhood

City Council District 45
Jumaane Williams, Democrat, incumbent
Louis Cespedes, Democrat
Anthony Beckford, Green
Stanley Dumas (party TBD)

City Council District 46
Alan Maisel, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 47
Mark Treyger, Democrat, incumbent
Raimondo Denaro, Republican

City Council District 48
Chaim M. Deutsch, Democrat, incumbent
Marat Filler, Democrat
Steven Saperstein, Republican

City Council District 49
Debi Rose, Democrat, incumbent
Kamillah Payne-Hanks, Democrat
Michael Penrose, Republican

City Council District 50
Steven Matteo, Republican, incumbent
Richard Florentino, Democrat

City Council District 51
Joe Borelli, Republican, incumbent
Dylan Schwartz, Democrat

by Ben Max, Gotham Gazette

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Brendan Birth contributed to this article.

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