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Top Latina activist running for deep blue NY House seat


Added 08-07-19 10:57:01am EST - “A top Latina activist on Tuesday announced her candidacy to replace retiring Rep. Jos” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Top Latina activist running for deep blue NY House seat”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A top Latina activist on Tuesday announced her candidacy to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.), throwing her hat in the ring to compete for the most Democratic-leaning seat in the country.

Melissa Mark-Viverito, a former New York City Assembly speaker and interim president of Latino Victory, a progressive Hispanic political advocacy group, announced her bid in an interview with The City, an independent local news outlet.

Mark-Viverito told the paper she is running because "we are at a critical moment of time in our democracy."

While the general election to replace Serrano is all but certain to go to a Democrat — the Cook Political Report ranks the district as a D+44 — Mark-Viverito is jumping into a contested primary race for the coveted Bronx seat.

Among those already in contention are Bronx council members Ritchie Torres and Ruben Diaz Sr. and New York state Assemblyman Michael Blake.

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