On Dec. 21st, the NYS Board of Elections released the final vote count for the 2016 elections. This includes absentee and military ballots. My final total was, 2,686 votes, or 2.5% of all votes cast in the district. I was hoping for at least 2,500, so I’m pleased with the results.
This year I’ll be running for City Council District 18 in the Bronx. I hope to receive an even higher vote total. This is my real home base. It’s where I’ve lived since I was a year old; It’s where I went to school from kindergarten through high school; it’s where I’ve worked most of the jobs I’ve had, including my time as a Paraprofessional with the NYC Dept. of Education.
Yesterday, I filed with the Board of Elections and opened my campaign bank account. Next stop: filing my campaign with the NYC Campaign Finance Board.
Once again, I want to thank the nearly 2,700 voters who chose to buck the mainstream corporate-capitalist parties and vote for the hope and systemic change my campaign represented.
As I retool and gear up for a run for City Council in 2017, I want to thank the 2,400+ voters that cast their vote for me on Tuesday. I received a total of 2,437: 2,212 in the Bronx portion of SD34 and 255 in the Westchester County portion. This represents 2.56% of the overall vote but, when void and blank votes are removed, it’s 3%. This is above average for Green candidates in New York City. I expect to be closer to 2,500 when absentee and military ballots are counted.
What’s more significant to me, however, is that I received more than ten times more votes than there are Green enrollees (218 as of April 25, 2016) in SD 34. This says to me that the message of my campaign and the Green Party resonates with more voters than just base supporters. It resonates with voters who are fed up with the corrupt politics of Albany and lack of leadership and responsiveness by our elected officials. Now our job is to build upon these numbers so that we can offer a viable, positive alternative down the road. In fact, my vote totals have been increasing steadily with each race in which I’ve run. I received more than double the votes this year than I did in my first campaign in 2012.
In 2017, I’ll be running for NY City Council in District 18 which covers the Bronx River, Castle Hill, Clason Point, Harding Park, Parkchester, Soundview, Unionport and Zerega sections of the Bronx. I trust I’ll have your support and encouragement once again.
VOTE GREEN IN ’17