By Robert Press
A few blocks from the Bronx Board of Elections Samelys Lopez announced her candidacy for the 15th Congressional Race. This announcement was expected three months ago which would have made Ms. Lopez the first woman candidate in the race to replace Congressman Jose Serrano. Now Ms. Lopez becomes the fourth woman in the crowded 15th Congressional race. Just who is supporting Ms. Lopez's candidacy was unclear as all that was said was union and community members. However Assemblyman Jose Rivera did show up to make sure Ms. Lopez was running for congress, and not against him.
Her campaign literature says that Samelys Lopez is the co-founder of Local Democrats of NY, which supports grassroots candidates for County Committee and other elected positions.
She is also an active member of Bronx Progressives, a chapter of the New York Progressive Action Network.
Ms. Lopez lived in the Northwest Bronx where she was a member and elected Vice-Chair of Community Board Seven until she was not reappointed to the board. She now resides in the Castle Hill Parkchester area. This Reporter was promised an interview with the Ms. Lopez after the one television station was done. That did not happen because her consultants left telling me someone else would handle the interview, and that person said they did not know anything about an interview.
Before the announcement Ms.Lopez talks to her campaign staff.
Candidate Lopez being interviewed by the one television station on site.
It seemed that most of the crowd was not from the 15th Congressional District, coming from other areas including Brooklyn.