This has been speculated upon for some time, but Brooklyn community organizer Jesus Gonzalez passes along a letter this afternoon announcing that he’s kicking off his campaign in eight days for the City Council seat currently held by Brooklyn’s Erik Martin Dilan.
It’s not exactly clear when Gonzalez, an organizer for Make The Road New York who ran a heated and close race last summer for the seat won by Rafael Espinal, will be running for the seat. Dilan is term-limited in 2013, but could vacate the position earlier if he wins his congressional race against Congresswoman Nydia Velaquez.
Gonzalez’s candidacy will likely in some form continue the rivalry between the Working Families Party, which will almost certainly back Gonzalez, and Brooklyn Democratic Leader Vito Lopez. That began during that Gonzalez/Espinal race, and continues in this year’s expected primary between State Sen. Martin Dilan and Jason Otano.
(I should note, Colin Campbell posted this letter a bit before us.)
Here’s Gonzalez’s letter:
I hope to see you there next Wednesday, May 30th!
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