Three state legislators endorse Carlos Menchaca for city council

Incumbent is Fighting to Hold on to His Seat in the 38th District

August 4, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca received the endorsement of two Assemblymembers and a state Senator. Eagle photo by Arthur De Gaeta
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Following last month’s endorsement from U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, Democratic District 38 City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) has received the endorsement of three state legislators: state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (Fort Greene, Sunset Park, Gowanus and Park Slope), Brooklyn Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (Brooklyn Heights) and New York City Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (Lower East Side, Chinatown, South Street Seaport and Battery Park City).

All three are colleagues in the state Legislature of one of his main opponents, Assemblymember Felix Ortiz, and all three cited Menchaca’s commitment to progressive values in their endorsement. This announcement comes on the heels of the support of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9A.

“Carlos has been a strong advocate for working families and seniors. As Trump threatens our core values, Carlos has been at the forefront of key battles to take on wrong-headed, racist and misogynist policies and rhetoric,” said Simon. “I am ready to continue championing our Democratic values together, and strongly endorse him for re-election.”

Niou called Menchaca a progressive champion who has taken on tough fights for his community. “As someone who also represents a district rich in diversity,” said Niou, “I have watched Carlos unite the community and deliver for every constituency. I look forward to working with him to keep giving our communities a voice.”

Velmanette called Menchaca one of the hardest working elected officials he knows. “He is always on the ground advocating for his constituency,” said Velmanette. “Anywhere I go in Red Hook and Sunset Park, he is there helping and working to empower the people he represents. “I look forward to our continued partnership to improve our industrial waterfront economy, to create a Harbor Middle School, to continue working alongside organizations like UPROSE to create opportunities for our youth and supporting the Red Hook Community Justice Center to break the cycle of mass incarceration.”

Menchaca was delighted to receive the support of Simon, Niou and Velmanette. “There’s so much left do to combat [President Donald] Trump and build progressive victories for working families on the City level,” said Menchaca. “We need collaboration, not politics, to drive that work forward. I am excited to continue to be a voice for my community and to be working together with these three amazing women leaders in the state Legislature who have delivered key victories for us.”

Also in the running for the City Council seat are Sara Gonzalez, whom Menchaca unseated in 2013; Javier Nieves; Delvis Valdez; Chris Miao; and Green Party candidate Carmen Hulbert.

The Democratic primary election for City Council will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12.


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