Well, it’s a free-for-all. There are 15 candidates registered with the Federal Election Commission; official state filings are not due until July 15, so for now I am adding to my list from two weeks ago. The Downtown Independent Democrats will hold a forum on June 29 and 30 on Zoom (they are splitting the field across the two nights). Register here.
Liz Holtzman has one of the more robust resumes on this list: a four-term congresswoman (1972-1980); Brooklyn DA for eight years (1981-1989); she was the first (and only) woman to be elected city comptroller (in 1991). She is now at the law firm Herrick, Feinstein and co-chair of the government relations group.
Carlina Rivera is the current City Councilwoman for District 2 on the Lower East Side. She was born and raised there, attended Marist College and then worked for afterschool programs and was programs director at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a local non-profit focused on social justice.
Soho resident Maud Maron most recently ran for City Council (for the seat won by Christopher Marte). She was a Legal Aid lawyer for two decades until she started campaigning, and she was president of the Community Education Council for District 2. She’s also served on the board of the Greenwich Village Little League and CB2. She and her husband have four children in city schools.
Dan Goldman served for 10 years with Preet Bharara as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York. More recently, Goldman was the lead counsel for the Democrats in the House impeachment investigation into Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. (The House impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in December 2019; Trump was acquitted in the Senate.) He and his wife, Corinne, live in Lower Manhattan with their five children.
JO ANNE SIMON
Jo Anne Simon is the current state assemblywoman for District 52 in Brooklyn, elected in 2014. She grew up in Yonkers but has spent most of her adult life in the city, working as a lawyer for disability civil rights. She is also a law professor at Fordham and she ran for Brooklyn borough president in 2020, coming in second. She lives in Boerum Hill with her husband and has two grown stepsons.
Yan Xiong is a Chinese-American human rights activist, military officer and Protestant chaplain. He was a dissident in the 1989 Tiananmen Square and came to the US as a political refugee in 1992. He later became a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. He lives in Lower Manhattan with his wife and five children.
The first openly gay Black members of Congress, Jones currently represents the 17th District in Westchester and Putnam counties and lives in Westchester but was recently drawn out of his own district and into the 16th. However there is no constitutional requirement that a candidate live in the district (they most only live in the state), so he jumped into the race for this open seat in order to avoid a tough race in the general election in the 17th and a tough primary in the 16th. His rationale: the district includes Greenwich Village, which he considers the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ movement. The Intercept has a good story on why he switched districts, if you want the nitty gritty.
He was raised in Rockland County (in Spring Valley), went to Stanford undergrad and Harvard Law School and worked for the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration. He was a litigator here in the city before he was elected to Congress in 2016.
BILL DE BLASIO
I don’t need to fill you in much on him since his strong suit and his weakness are the same: name recognition. But a lot of people have voted for him before, and his base is solidly in the Brooklyn half of the district. City & State asks a bunch of talking heads to weigh in on the race, and de Blasio seems to come out on top.
Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, who currently represents Chinatown, the Financial District (and lives there) and Battery Park City, has toggled between a couple races in this primary season but jumped on this seat once it opened up. She made the announcement in Columbus Park. Niou was the first Asian-American to represent the district in Albany, elected in 2016 to Shelly Silver’s seat. She was born in Taiwan (she’s 38) and immigrated here as a child, grew up in the Pacific Northwest and came to the city to get her master’s from Baruch. She is openly autistic and her election would make her the highest ranking autistic elected official in the country.
Robinson is a Tribecan and new to politics; he sold the company he founded in order to run for the seat. Read more in my recent profile here.
ASHMI SHETH SHE IS RUNNING FOR DISTRICT 12 Sheth lives in Hell’s Kitchen so like Nadler, her home was drawn out of the district. But she seems to be sticking with her plans to run for NY10. Sheth immigrated with her family from India and grew up and went to college in Maryland. She moved to the city to get her master’s in public policy at Columbia and worked for just under two years for the Federal Reserve before deciding to run against Nadler.
Kim is an applied behavioral scientist at Spotify (and before that at Jet.com), where she conducts “theory-driven experiments to understand why people do what they do and nudge behavior to create a better experience.” She was a psychology major at Duke, graduating in 2017, and grew up in rural Georgia helping her father, a Korean immigrant, run his business.
THE FULL LIST REGISTERED WITH THE FEC
The deadline to register with the FEC was June 10; Another state deadline will come up in mid July. Other than the list above, there is one Republican, Benine Hamden, as well as a few Democrats for whom I could find no digital footprint: Ian Anthony Medina (it does seem like he is running for our seat as well as a seat in Miami ), John Herron, Jimmy Jiang Li. David Yassky is running for State Senate, and Bob Wyman appears to be running for Congressional District 12 (he has a question mark in his Twitter handle).