Democratic primary challengers Adem Bunkeddeko and Jamaal Bowman aim to be next Ocasio-Cortez
One is a son of Ugandan refugees with an MBA from Harvard. The other is a co-founder of a Bronx middle school making his first run for public office.
Both have a shot at toppling veteran Democrats in Congress as New Yorkers cast their votes in a pandemic-disrupted primary election.
Adem Bunkeddeko, who stepped down in November 2019 from his job with a nonprofit community development organization, is running in a rematch against seven-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke in Brooklyn after narrowly losing to her in the 2018 Democratic primary.
Jamaal Bowman, a first-time candidate who helped found the Cornerstone Academy of Social Action in 2009, has picked up endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his race against U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, a 16-term incumbent representing parts of the Bronx and suburban Westchester County who has been endorsed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.