By Robert Press
In a press release sent out Sunday night Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is to announce his candidacy in the 15th Congressional race Monday Afternoon.
Councilman Rodriguez said that he received the majority of the vote in the 15th Congressional District in the February Special Election for Public Advocate. Of the candidates currently in the 15th Congressional race. Assemblyman Blake and former City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito also ran in the special election.
As was the case in the special election where Rodriguez ran under the Unite Immigrants name, he says that he is the candidate of immigrants who will stand up to President Trump's anti immigration policies.
The 15th Congressional District is 66 percent Hispanic, 28 percent Black, 3 percent White, and 3 percent others.
Other candidates include Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr., Councilman Ritchie Torres, Assemblyman Michael Blake, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, BOEDC President Marlene Cintron, Johnathan Ortiz, Thomas Ramos, Chinvona Newsome, and the probability of more candidates such as Samelys Lopez and Julio Pabon who have mentioned a possible candidacy.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera dropped out shortly after announcing, deciding to stay in the State Senate. Former Assemblyman Eric Stevenson also dropped out at the end of August telling us that he was going to run for his old assembly seat.