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15th City Council District

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Aug 03, 2013
 

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Term limits prevent incumbent Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera from running for reelection but they have not stopped someone named Joel R. Rivera from trying to win the seat. The non-incumbant Rivera has since converted to a Republican candidate, and former Democratic candidate Joel Bauza is running on the Conservative ballot line for the general election.

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Joel M Bauza

Joel M Bauza (C)

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Biography: The senior pastor at Calvary Church on E. 174 St., Bauza is running on immigration issues and fighting gun violence.

Joel Rivera

Joel Ray Rivera (R)

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Biography: Rivera touts his work as a community organizer on issues that include education, housing, healthcare and the living wage. He also shares the name of the departing incumbent.

Ritchie Torres

Ritchie Torres (D)

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Biography: Lifelong Bronx resident Torres has worked for Councilman James Vacca in various positions for seven years. In 2011, Torres was named housing director where he organized tenant associations and pressured the New York City Housing Authority to make repairs. Torres has racked up major endorsements from a slew of unions and advocacy groups including Citizen Action New York, VOCAL-NY, Make The Road NY and the Stonewall Democrats.

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Kenny Agosto

Kenny Agosto (D)

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Biography: The lifelong Bronx resident currently serves as district leader for the 80th Assembly District and works as a special assistant to Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson. Agosto is also president of We Stay, a group dedicated to increasing green housing in the Bronx. Agosto has worked as a community advocate on issues that include same-sex marriage and transportation.

Albert Alvarez

Albert Alvarez (D)

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Biography: Alvarez is the chief of staff to current incumbent Joel Rivera. The lifelong Bronx resident is a longtime community activist and is campaigning on affordable housing, providing better access to healthcare, and bringing more jobs to the district.

Raquel E Batista

Raquel E Batista (D)

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Biography: Lifelong Bronx resident Raquel Batista graduated from Manhattan College and CUNY Law School. She worked with a number of immigration groups and, in 2004, became the head of The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Batista has campaigned on improving pre-K, providing the district with fresh food, helping small businesses, increasing the minimum wage and helping immigrants.

Joel M Bauza

Joel M Bauza (D)

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Biography: The senior pastor at Calvary Church on E. 174 St., Bauza is running on immigration issues and fighting gun violence.

Joel Rivera

Joel R. Rivera (D)

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Biography: Rivera touts his work as a community organizer on issues that include education, housing, healthcare and the living wage. He also shares the name of the departing incumbent.

Cynthia L Thompkins

Cynthia L Thompkins (D)

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Biography: A graduate of John Jay and CUNY Law School, Thompkins worked for the Legal Aid Society after moving to the city in 2000. She also founded the Marion Ave. Neighborhood Association and is dedicated to fighting gun violence. She helped develop a program called “streetpeace” that brings together people affected by gun violence with Bronx youth to talk about guns. She was also involved in forming Women Against Violence Everywhere-NYC.

Ritchie Torres

Ritchie Torres (D)

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Biography: Lifelong Bronx resident Torres has worked for Councilman James Vacca in various positions for seven years. In 2011, Torres was named housing director where he organized tenant associations and pressured the New York City Housing Authority to make repairs. Torres has racked up major endorsements from a slew of unions and advocacy groups including Citizen Action New York, VOCAL-NY, Make The Road NY and the Stonewall Democrats.


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