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17th City Council District

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Aug 03, 2013
 

Incumbent Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo’s incumbency was a huge obstacle to overcome — she has a fundraising advantage and won 97 percent of the vote in the last election. As a result, she beat out Democratic rival Julio Pabon for the party nomination in September.

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Maria Del Carmen Arroyo

Maria Del Carmen Arroyo (D)

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Biography: The incumbent has served two terms and wants a third but her family name may be hurting her. Her mother, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, raised a number of eyebrows when she reported earning $28,000 through gambling. Assemblywoman Arroyo’s grandson, Izquierdo Arroyo, who served as her chief of staff, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for embezzling $115,000 from a charity. Meanwhile, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo has touted her position as chair on the committee on health and endorsements from a number of prominent unions. She will be term limited in 2017.

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Maria Del Carmen Arroyo

Maria Del Carmen Arroyo (D)

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Biography: The incumbent has served two terms and wants a third but her family name may be hurting her. Her mother, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, raised a number of eyebrows when she reported earning $28,000 through gambling. Assemblywoman Arroyo’s grandson, Izquierdo Arroyo, who served as her chief of staff, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for embezzling $115,000 from a charity. Meanwhile, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo has touted her position as chair on the committee on health and endorsements from a number of prominent unions. She will be term limited in 2017. 

Julio Pabon

Julio Pabon (D)

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Biography: Pabon was compelled to challenge Arroyo after seeing that no other Democrat was willing to take on the incumbent. He has a background as a community organizer and co-founded The South Bronx Congress, The Coalition in Defense of Puerto Rican & Hispanic Rights and the National Puerto Rican Business Council. Pabon wants greater funding for libraries, increased educational opportunities for children, wants to raise the minimum wage to $12 and is concerned about maintaining the local post office.


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