City Council District 8 - Democratic Primary

   
 
   
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Preferred Candidate - Melissa Mark-Viverito - Dem
 
Age: N/A Occupation: Member, NYC Council
Education: Columbia College (BA), Baruch College (MPA)

Melissa Mark-Viverito is an accomplished legislator on the City Council and a proven advocate of progressive and reform-minded policies. Prior to her election to the City Council in 2005, Mark-Viverito was a member of Manhattan Community Board 11, the President of Mujeres del Barrio, and an organizer with SEIU local 1199. She believes that housing is a top priority in her district; the 8th district has the highest percentage of NYCHA subsidized housing in the city. Mark-Viverito supports the majority of Citizens Union’s reform agenda. During her tenure on the City Council, the candidate has co-sponsored a number of bills that Citizens Union favors, including one that would increase compliance with New York City’s Pro-Voter law. Additionally, Mark-Viverito has utilized participatory budgeting in her district for distributing a portion of her capital funds. Owing to her track record of reform-minded advocacy, as well as impressive achievements in her district, Citizens Union prefers Melissa Mark-Viverito in the primary election.
    
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Gwen Goodwin - Dem
Age: 52 Occupation: Make-Up Artist
Education: College (Degree and degree-granting institution not reported)

Gwen Goodwin is a community activist in East Harlem. Goodwin stressed her community ties, having grown up and now currently living in the district she seeks to represent. She is running because she feels disillusioned with the current representation of their district. Goodwin has a history of local advocacy; she previously served as chair of the Coalition to Save P.S. 109 and as a member of the Business and Residents Alliance. Education and Housing are central to Goodwin’s campaign. She wants to end the New York City Housing Authority’s operating deficit through institutional reform and increased taxes on high-income earners. Further, Goodwin wants to increase the number of public schools in her district. She is in favor conceptually nearly all of Citizens Unions reform position, though she did not appear to have an in-depth understanding of the proposals or of the operations of the City Council. While Citizens Union believes that Gwen Goodwin is sincere in her desire to advocate for her community, her lack of familiarity with Council operations and with issues outside of her district raises questions as to her ability to legislate effectively.

 



Ralina Cardona - Dem
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Sean Gardner - Dem
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Tamika Humphreys - Dem
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Edward Santos - Dem
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