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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 January 17, which helps give a sense of the field for each city race, though there are still some candidates who will enter races in the coming weeks and months.

There will be candidates who file after January 17, and candidates who are considering running for multiple positions will make their decisions in the relatively near future. Two big names still making the latter decision are Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Comptroller Scott Stringer, each of whom is considering a mayoral run, but more likely to run for re-election to their current position.

Public Advocate Letitia James is running for re-election to her post, and all four of the other borough presidents -- Queens’ Melinda Katz, Manhattan’s Gale Brewer, Staten Island’s James Oddo, and Brooklyn’s Eric Adams -- are also running for re-election to their current seats.

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 a special election will occur in February to fill her position temporarily, with the winner forced to run again in the fall. There will also be movement in the other direction as several current state legislators seek City Council positions, including State Senator Bill Perkins seeking Dickens’ seat. There are several state legislators who have opened city campaign accounts to leave open the possibility of running for a variety of positions, in part depending on what happens with Stringer and others. There are also term-limited Council members like Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Dan Garodnick who have campaign money available in case they decide to run for a city- or borough-wide post.

While a few City Council incumbents will face tough challengers, there will be relatively limited action in City Council races beyond the eight “open” seats -- Dickens’ Harlem seat and the seven others where the current officeholder is term-limited. The competition in several of those seats looks like it will be fierce.

Below is a running list of official and rumored candidates for the 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.

(*Rumored candidate)

Bill de Blasio, Democrat, incumbent
Sal Albanese, Democrat
Tony Avella, Democrat
Richard “Bo” Dietl, Democrat
Josh Thompson, Democrat
Kevin Coenen, Democrat
Michael Basch, Democrat

Paul J. Massey, Jr., Republican
Michel J. Faulkner, Republican
Darren Dione Aquino, Republican
Bill Staniford, Republican

Jimmy McMillan, Rent is Too Damn High
Eric W. Armstead (party TBD)
Ahsan Syed (party TBD)
Asim Deen (party TBD)

Eric Ulrich, Republican*
John Catsimatidis, Republican*

Scott Stringer, Democrat*
Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat*
Ruben Diaz, Jr., Democrat*
Don Peebles, Democrat*
Christine Quinn, Democrat*

Public Advocate
Letitia James, Democrat, incumbent
Anthony Herbert, Democrat

Scott Stringer, Democrat, incumbent*

Robert Rodriguez, Democrat*
Dan Quart, Democrat*
(Rodriguez, Quart & others are lining up if Stringer runs for mayor)

Bronx Borough President
Ruben Diaz, Jr., Democrat, incumbent*
Camella Pinkney-Price, Democrat

Brooklyn Borough President
Eric Adams, Democrat, incumbent

Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz, Democrat, incumbent
Anthony Pappas (party TBD)

Manhattan Borough President
Gale Brewer, Democrat, incumbent

Staten Island Borough President
James Oddo, Republican, incumbent

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

Arnie Kriss, Democrat*
Mark Peters, Democrat*

Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance, Democrat, incumbent

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

Don Lee, Democrat*
Jenifer Rajkumar, Democrat*
Karen Blatt, Democrat*

City Council District 2 - open seat (held by Rosie Mendez)
Carlina Rivera, Democrat
Mary Silver, Democrat
Jasmin Sanchez, Democrat
Juan Pagan, Democrat
Tyler Kline (party TBD)
Erin Hussein (party TBD)

City Council District 3
Corey Johnson, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 4 - open seat (held by Dan Garodnick)
Diane Grayson, Democrat
Jeffrey Mailman, Democrat
Keith Powers, Democrat
Bessie R. Schachter, Democrat
Martha Speranza, Democrat
Maria Castro, Democrat
Melissa Jane Kronfeld, Republican

City Council District 5
Ben Kallos, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 6
Helen Rosenthal, Democrat, incumbent
Cary Goodman, Democrat

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

City Council District 8 - open seat (held by Melissa Mark-Viverito)
Diana Ayala, Democrat
Edward L. Gibbs, Democrat
Edward Santos, Democrat
Tamika Mapp, Democrat

Robert Rodriguez, Democrat*

City Council District 9 - open seat - Special Election in February (held by Inez Dickens)
Note: like all City Council specials, this is a nonpartisan election, meaning all candidates will be on the same ballot February 14, and no major party labels are allowed. Each candidate will be on a party line of their own creation. Labels below are general party affiliation.

Charles Cooper, Democrat
Donald Fields, Democrat
Pierre Gooding, Democrat
Marvin Holland, Democrat
Bill Perkins, Democrat
Athena Moore, Democrat
Todd Stevens, Democrat
Larry Scott Blackmon, Democrat
Cordell Cleare, Democrat
Caprice Alves, Democrat
Dawn Simmons, Republican & Rent Is Too Damn High

City Council District 10
Ydanis Rodriguez, Democrat, incumbent
Gregory Purdy, Republican

City Council District 11
Andrew Cohen, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 12
Andy King, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 13 - open seat (held by James Vacca)
John C. Doyle, Democrat
Alex A. Gomez, Democrat
John C. Marano, Democrat
Mark Gjonaj, Democrat
Marjorie Velazquez, Democrat
Muhammad Abuhaikal (party TBD)
John Cerini, Republican

City Council District 14
Fernando Cabrera, Democrat, incumbent
Justin Sanchez, 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

City Council District 18 - open seat (held by Annabel Palma)
Amanda Farias, Democrat
Elvin Garcia, Democrat
Michael Beltzer, Democrat
John Perez, Democrat

Ruben Diaz, Sr., Democrat*

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

City Council District 20
Peter Koo, Democrat, incumbent
Issar Faradi, Democrat

City Council District 21
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 22
Costa Constantinides, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 23
Barry Grodenchik, Democrat, incumbent
Joseph Concannon, Republican

City Council District 24
Rory Lancman, Democrat, incumbent
Montell C. Moseley (party TBD)
Mohammad Rahman (party TBD)

City Council District 25
Daniel Dromm, Democrat, incumbent
Bryan Pu-Folkes, Democrat

City Council District 26
Jimmy Van Bramer, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 27
I. Daneek Miller, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 28
Ruben Wills, Democrat, incumbent*
Richard David, Democrat
Allan W. Jennings, Democrat
Hettie V. Powell, Democrat
Christina Winslow, Democrat

City Council District 29
Karen Koslowitz, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 30
Elizabeth Crowley, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 31
Donovan Richards, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 32
Eric Ulrich, Republican, incumbent*
Mike Scala, Democrat
Jay Rivera (party TBD)

City Council District 33
Steven Levin, Democrat, incumbent*

City Council District 34
Antonio Reynoso, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 35
Laurie Cumbo, Democrat, incumbent
Greg Schwartz, Democrat

City Council District 36
Robert Cornegy, Democrat, incumbent
John Joyner, Democrat

City Council District 37
Rafael Espinal, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 38
Carlos Menchaca, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 39
Brad Lander, Democrat, incumbent

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

City Council District 41 - open seat (held by Darlene Mealy)
Moreen King, Democrat
Deidre Olivera, Democrat
Cory Provost, Democrat
Henry Bulter, Democrat
Kathleen Daniel, Democrat
Alika Samuel, Democrat

City Council District 42
Inez Barron, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 43
Bob Capano, Republican
Liam McCabe, Republican
John Quaglione, Republican
Justin Brannan, Democrat
Kevin Carroll, Democrat
Nancy Tong, Democrat
Khader El-Yateem, Democrat

Peter Abatte, Democrat*
Kevin Peter Carroll, Democrat*

City Council District 44
David Greenfield, Democrat

City Council District 45
Jumaane Williams, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 46
Alan Maisel, Democrat, incumbent

City Council District 47
Mark Treyger, Democrat, incumbent

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

City Council District 49
Debi Rose, Democrat, incumbent
Kamillah Payne-Hanks, Democrat
Philippe-Edner Apistol-Marius, Democrat

Kevin Elkins, Democrat*

City Council District 50
Steven Matteo, Republican, incumbent

City Council District 51
Joe Borelli, Republican, incumbent


Candidates who have 2017 campaign accounts opened with the city Campaign Finance Board, but no office declared and no clear intentions to pursue a specific office at this time: Daniel Garodnick; Victor Hugo Gutierrez; Ron Kim; Melissa Mark-Viverito; Francisco Moya.

by Ben Max, Gotham Gazette

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Brendan Birth contributed to this article.

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