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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-March, 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 March 15, 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 State Senator Bill Perkins was elected to the vacant seat in a special election. 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 seven "open" seats 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.

---Candidate list last updated April 3, 2017---

(*Rumored candidate)

Bill de Blasio, Democrat, incumbent
Sal Albanese, Democrat
Tony Avella, Democrat
Kevin Coenen, Democrat
Robert Gangi, Democrat

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

Richard “Bo” Dietl, independent

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

John Catsimatidis, Republican*

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

Scott Stringer, Democrat, incumbent
Alex Merced, Libertarian

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
Brian Waddell, Libertarian

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*

Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance, Democrat, incumbent

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

Don Lee, 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
Ronnie Cho, 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
Rebecca Harary, Republican

City Council District 5
Ben Kallos, Democrat, incumbent

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

City Council District 7
Mark Levine, Democrat, incumbent
Thomas Lopez-Pierre, Democrat
Matthew Gros-Werter, 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
Bill Perkins, Democrat, incumbent (elected in February special election)
Marvin Holland, Democrat
Shannette Gray (party TBD)

City Council District 10
Ydanis Rodriguez, Democrat, incumbent
Arden Walentowski, Democrat
Josue Perez, Democrat
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
Randy Abreu, 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
Hiram Monserrate, Democrat

Francisco Moya, Democrat*

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

Tommy Torres, Democrat*

City Council District 35
Laurie Cumbo, Democrat, incumbent
Greg Schwartz, Democrat
Ede Fox, Democrat*
Jabari Brisport, Green

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
Delvis Valdes, Democrat
Sara Gonzalez, Democrat

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 Ampry-Samuel, Democrat
Boris Santos, Democrat
Jamell Henderson, Democrat
Leopold Cox, Democrat

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

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

Peter Abatte, 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
Dylan Schwartz, Democrat


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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