Crowded Fields in Bronx 11th and 15th City Council Races Already
By Robert Press
While Democratic candidates prepare for the November General Election, in the Bronx 11th and 15th City Council Districts the field of candidates to replace f uture Supreme Court Justice Andrew Cohen and f uture Congressman Ritchie Torres keeps growing. Both Cohen and Torres will leave the city council one year earlier than they would have been term limited out of office. With Primary Day having been moved from September to June, the petition process beginning at the end of February, the mayor now having eighty days to declare a special election, and of course the pandemic still lingering around there should not be any need for a special election to replace either Cohen, Torres, or any other Bronx City Council member who decides to call it quits at the end of 2020.
In the 11th City Council District Eric Dinowitz and Dan Padernacht declared shortly after incumbent Councilman Andrew Cohen was reelected to his last term in office. Joining Dinowitz and Padernacht are Ms. Jessica Haller, Ms. Abigail J. Martin, Daniel Then, and Marcus Sierra who just recently announced his candidacy. One or two more candidates should be also entering this race, thus Rank Choice Voting will play a role in the selection of Judge Cohen's replacement in the city council.
In the 15th City Council District Ischia Bravo, Oswald Feliz, and Elisa Crespo were the first to declare they were running to replace term limited Ritchie Torres. John Sanchez and Julian Sepulveda have recently joined them in announcing their candidacy for the 15th city council seat with a few others expressing interest. Rank Choice Voting could be a factor in this race also.
There will be more on these and other Bronx city council races, including the Bronx Borough President's race, where the candidates are lining up, and there could be up to ten people looking to replace Ruben Diaz Jr. as the next Bronx Borough President comes January 1, 2022,