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Working Families Party backs Joe Lentol for re-election

March 6, 2020 Alex Williamson
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The New York Working Families Party has endorsed State Assemblymember Joe Lentol for his re-election bid in the 50th District, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg and part of Clinton Hill. The long-time incumbent also recently picked up endorsements from CWA, 32BJ, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club and Lambda Independent Democrats.

“I am thrilled to have the support of the Working Families Party and its people-powered movement in my re-election campaign,” said Lentol. “I’ve dedicated my career in the assembly to the values that the Working Families Party represents: standing up to corporate interests that have far too much influence in our democracy, fighting for racial and economic justice and securing wins for working families across New York.”

Lentol has served in the state legislature since 1972, holding his assembly seat continuously since election. Before joining the assembly, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn. He cast votes for major tenant protections and bail reform laws that passed in Albany last year.

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In the upcoming race, Lentol is facing his first primary challenge in a decade from local activist Emily Gallagher, backed by progressive group the New Kings Democrats. The Brooklyn Democratic Socialists of America declined to make an endorsement in the 50th Assembly District race.

“Assemblymember Lentol has been a critical leader in criminal justice reform,” said NY-WFP State Director Sochie Nnaemeka. “We need more champions who are working side-by-side with us to transform the criminal-legal system into one that is rooted in racial justice. We’re ready to support Assemblymember Lentol for re-election and keep fighting for a democracy that works for the many, not the few.”

The Democratic Primary election in New York is June 23rd.


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