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7th City Council District

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Aug 03, 2013
 

The 7th City Council District underwent fundamental changes when it was redrawn during last year's redistricting process. The area that once included Inwood has now shifted southward to include part of the Upper West Side. The candidates in the race have struggled to get themselves in front of the new voting blocs of the district. After a primary with 13 candidates, the general race has come down to Democrat Mark Levine and Green Christina Gonzalez. The current officeholder, Robert Jackson, is term-limited and running for Manhattan borough president.

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Christina Gonzalez (G)

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Biography: Gonzalez describes her current occupation as activist and "Big Sister." The New York Police Department has referred to her as a "professional agitator" for her attempts to videotape police officers. She has a degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Mark Levine

Mark Levine (D, WF)

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Biography: Mark Levine began his career as a bilingual science teacher in the South Bronx, eventually serving as Executive Director of the New York chapter of Teach for America. In addition to his background in education, Mr. Levine has a record in community outreach. Since 2007, he has served as Northern Manhattan's Democratic district leader and, in 2009, he created his own Democratic Club (The Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, named after his work on the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign). Additionally, he founded Neighborhood Trust, a community development credit union, to help low-income residents secure financing for home ownership, education and business endeavors. A graduate of Haverford College and Harvard, he currently resides in Washington Heights with his wife and two sons.

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Alicia Barksdale

Alicia D. Barksdale (D)

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Biography: None.

 

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Christina Gonzalez (G)

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Biography: None.

 

Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson (D)

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Biography: None.

 

Manuel Lantigua

Manuel Lantigua (D)

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Biography: None.

 

Mark Levine

Mark Levine (D, WF)

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Biography: Mark Levine began his career as a bilingual science teacher in the South Bronx, eventually serving as Executive Director of the New York chapter of Teach for America. In addition to his background in education, Mr. Levine has a record in community outreach. Since 2007, he has served as Northern Manhattan's Democratic district leader and, in 2009, he created his own Democratic Club (The Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, named after his work on the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign). Additionally, he founded Neighborhood Trust, a community development credit union, to help low-income residents secure financing for home ownership, education and business endeavors. A graduate of Haverford College and Harvard, he currently resides in Washington Heights with his wife and two sons.

Mark Otto

Mark Otto (D)

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Biography: None.

 

Luis Tejada

Luis M. Tejada (D)

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Biography: None.

 

Zead Ramadan

Zead Ramadan (D)

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Biography: None.

 

David Sasscer-Burgos

David Sasscer-Burgos (D)

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Biography: David Sasscer-Burgos was raised in Puerto Rico, the youngest son of an Anglo father and Puerto Rican mother. He is a long time resident of the Upper West Side / Morningside Heights and his roots in the neighborhood go back for generations. His mother was born and raised in the neighborhood, where his grandparents owned a bodega, and his grandfather was the minister of the first Spanish-speaking congregation at the West End Presbyterian Church on Amsterdam Avenue. He is a LEED-accredited professional Engineer and Project Manager with an MBA from Columbia University focused on sustainability and affordable green housing. He is also a not for profit leader who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired. As Chairman and current Board Member of Visionary Media, he has also found hundreds of jobs in the arts for blind and visually impaired New Yorkers.

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Ruben Dario Vargas (D)

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Biography: None.

 


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