23 Candidates Qualify To Get on the Ballot for Public Advocate, For Now

Public Advocate Letitia James. (Photo by Sean Egan)

BROOKLYN   More than 30 New Yorkers announced their run for the Public Advocate’s seat and after the final day to submit the required number of signatures, 23 remain.

Candidates had less than two weeks to gather 3,750 signatures of support to get on the ballot to become New York City’s next public advocate. Some candidates like Melissa Mark Viverito and Michael A. Blake met the challenge within a day. While at least 14 candidates, or their representatives, filed with the Board of Elections (BOE) late Monday evening just before the Jan. 14th deadline.

You can read where some of them stand on some issues here and here.

Within the next week, candidates will challenge opponents in an effort to remove them from the ballot.  The deadline for general objections is Jan. 17 and specifications must be filed by Jan. 23. The BOE will hold a petitioning hearing, Tues. Jan 29, 2019, at 1:30 pm. at the BOE in at 32 Broadway in Manhattan.

Mark-Viverito, Rafael Espinal Jr., Ron Kim and Daniel Maio already have objections filed against them.

Here are the candidates and their corresponding parties who filed petitions before the deadline. In no particular order:

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Fix the MTA)

Michael A. Blake (For the People)

Dawn L. Smalls (No More Delays)

Erich A. Ulrich (Common Sense)

Ydanis Rodriguez (United For Immigrants)

Daniel J. O’Donnell (Equality For All)

Rafael L. Espinal Jr. (Livable City)

Latrice Walker (People For Walker)

Jumaane D. Williams (The Peoples Voice)

Ron Kim (People Over Corporations)

Danniel S. Maio (I Like Maio)

Gary Popkin (Liberal)

Benjamin L. Yee (Community Empowerment)

Ifeoma “Ify” Ike (People Over Profit)

A. Manny Alicandro (Better Leadership)

Nomiki D. Konst (Pay People More)

Mike Zumbluskas (FIX MTA & NYCHA NOW)

Daniel Eisenbach (Stop REBNY)

Jared Rich (Jared Rich for NYC)

Anthony Tony Herbert ( Housing Residents First)

Walter N. Iwachiw (I4panyc)

Theo B. Chino (Courage To Change)

Helal A. Sheikh (Friends of Helal)

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Kadia Goba

Former Politics Reporter for Bklyner, covering Brooklyn politics and Crown Heights/PLG/Bed Stuy. @kadiagoba


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