Jesus Gonzalez, an activist who gained prominence by running in a special election for the State Assembly last summer, looks like he’s getting ready to run for term-limited Councilman Erik Dilan’s seat in 2013. Indeed, he just registered a campaign committee for the run today and at Lincoln Restler’s campaign kickoff event last night, he told The Politicker he was getting “closer to making a decision.”
Mr. Gonzalez ran for former Assemblyman Darryl Towns’ seat under the Working Families Party banner against the Democratic pick, Mr. Dilan’s then-Chief of Staff, Rafael Espinal. Although he ultimately lost, Mr. Gonzalez performed decently and would likely rely on a similar coalition of left-wing and anti-establishment groups for a hypothetical City Council campaign, in addition to the labor-backed WFP.
Mr. Dilan is currently engaged in an uphill campaign for congress against incumbent Rep. Nydia Velázquez (who actually backed Mr. Gonzalez in 2011), and if he were successful, there would be a special election to replace him in the City Council before the regularly scheduled 2013 election.
At least partially because of Mr. Dilan’s congressional campaign, the county organization’s preferred candidate is still unknown. Some have speculated that Mr. Dilan and his father, State Senator Martin Dilan, could run for each other’s seats, or that his wife, District Leader Janitza Luna Dilan, might be interested in a campaign herself. Other candidates are more than possible as well.
As a side note, Mr. Gonzalez was recently involved in pressuring Mayor Bloomberg’s administration into backing off its efforts to close a Bushwick high school, which generated some headlines in the city.