Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s congressional campaign has been endorsed by almost every elected official in Queens outside of the State Assembly, and today, her campaign announced a couple more endorsements and re-announced others to demonstrate her backing in the Latino community.
The focus on the Latino voters is interesting, as much of the discussion of the demographics of the congressional race thus far has been on the district’s substantial Asian-American and Jewish communities. However, there is still a notable Latino presence of about 18% of the district’s population (the percentage among likely voters is sure to be less).
In addition to the established support of Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Senator José Peralta, and Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Ms. Meng’s campaign rolled out the endorsements of former mayoral contender Fernando Ferrer and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.
The statement featured quotes from all of the officials praising Ms. Meng’s ability to stand up for their community.
“As the first and only Latina Member of Congress from New York, I know what it takes to stand up for my community and represent the rich diversity of working families in our City,” Ms. Nydia Velázquez said, for example. “And that’s why I know that Grace Meng will bring a strong, historic voice to Congress that will stand up for middle class Queens residents from all walks of life.”
Ms. Meng is competing for the Democratic nomination for an open seat in Queens. Her two primary opponents are Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Liz Crowley.