Pilgrim-Hunter Gets Props
July 14th, 2010

Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter has ended her campaign for the Bronx Senate seat held by Pedro Espada and she’s getting some “dap” for doing so.

“Desiree Pilgrim Hunter is a respected civic leader and strong advocate for some of the most important issues facing our neighbors and all residents of the Bronx,” said Gustavo Rivera, who is challenging Espada in the Democratic primary, in a statement.” Her campaign from the start always focused on making our neighborhoods stronger and better for all people now and for generations to come. I salute her dedication and commitment to our shared goal of working as hard as possible to give our part of the Bronx positive, honest and effective leadership in Albany.”

Pilgrim-Hunter also got a shout out from Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative, who has endorsed Rivera.

“I commend Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter for her selfless and courageous decision to withdraw from the Democratic primary to unseat incumbent State Sen. Pedro Espada. Her announcement demonstrates that she is a true community activist who is willing to put the cause of reforming Albany ahead of her own personal political ambitions. Unseating disgraced and corrupt State Sen. Pedro Espada is the first step toward bringing true reform to Albany and sending a message to his like-minded colleagues that it is time to step aside.

“We are gratified that reformers in the 33rd district and the state are coming together to defeat Espada and his cynical and self-aggrandizing brand of politics, which has made voters lose faith in our elected officials in Albany”

There has been concern among those who want to see Espada unseated that the anti-Espada vote could be dilluted by multiple challengers.

Fernando Tirado is also challenging in the primary.

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