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Union endorsements for June 22 Primary election

Bronx City Council candidates

Eric Dinowitz (District 11)

DC 37 is proud to endorse Eric Dinowitz for City Council. Eric’s vision falls in line with the priorities and values of DC 37. A former schoolteacher and union organizer, Eric understands the fight to maintain workers’ rights in New York City and the need to enhance the City’s workforce, benefits and social services. “Fundamentally, as a teacher, I listen and build consensus– and I will do that on the Council to protect all DC 37 members and advance an agenda that uplifts working families in New York City.

Kevin Riley (District 12)

Winner of the Dec. 2020 Special Election, Council member Kevin Riley’s focus is on helping New York City navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care disparities it has exposed, and the economic crisis crushing small businesses and local economies in the Bronx and other boroughs. Riley’s priorities for the district include COVID-19 recovery, education, pay equity for women, health care, and affordable housing.

Marjorie Velazquez (District 13)

After a narrow loss in 2017, where her opponent outspent her by more than $1 million, Marjorie Velazquez remains dedicated to public service. She is a passionate advocate for the Bronx. Her priorities for the district include COVID-19 recovery, eliminating food insecurity, and revitalizing the workforce.

Pierina Sanchez (District 14)

Pierina Sanchez served as an organizer, activist and urban planner before becoming a senior policy advisor at City Hall. Her priorities for District 14 include affordable housing, education and employment. “In times of economic uncertainty, reducing government service, and therefore government employees, are always considered first for ‘cost savings.’ I disagree with this strategy. I believe deeply that labor and municipal employees are central to fighting economic inequality in this city,” said Pierina Sanchez.

Althea Stevens (District 16)

Althea Stevens’ record as a community leader makes her the strongest candidate in the race to represent District 16 on the New York City Council. Stevens is a passionate advocate for working families, seniors, young adults, and students. Her priorities for the district include affordable housing, youth development and employment, and criminal justice reform.

Rafael Salamanca (District 17)

As chair of the NYC Council Committee on Land Use, Council member Salamanca is a proven champion for working families. He has fought for job creation by requiring companies in the Bronx to invest in and hire local residents. Salamanca is committed to providing the children of the Bronx with access to quality education and technology. His priorities for the district include COVID-19 recovery for families and small businesses, education, and affordable housing.

Amanda Farias (District 18)

As the current State Committeewoman of the 87th Assembly District in the Bronx, Amanda Farias advocates for the Soundview community to have easy access to voting and will work to create new jobs and training for Bronx youth. She is committed to ensuring that Bronx residents have access to resources and broader opportunities. Farias’ priorities for the district include criminal justice reform, jobs, affordable housing, and COVID-19 recovery for families and small businesses.