Political Notes 2/2/17: Silence is complicity

belong-hereI have not seen one statement or comment by any of the elected pols who presumably represent me — City Council Member Annabel Palma, State Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda, State Senator Jeffrey Klein, or Congress Member Joseph Crowley  — speaking out against the Administration’s Muslim ban. Neither have I seen or heard anything from the three candidates who have announced their intentions to run for Palma’s open seat in Council District 18: Amanda Farias, Elvin Garcia or Michael Beltzer. I find this particularly unconscionable  from pols whose districts are home to, not only a vibrant and growing Muslim community, but immigrants from Mexico; the Caribbean; and Asian, South Asian, African, and Central and South American countries. This section of the Bronx has never been as diverse as it is now. I find it encouraging, positive…and essential to keeping our community strong and stable. Continue reading

Campaign notes, #1 – Lundgren for Council 2017

lfs_posterOn 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.