Jesus Gonzalez will officially launch his campaign for term-limited City Councilman Erik Dilan’s seat next Wednesday, setting the stage for another confrontation between Mr. Gonzalez and the county Democratic organization. Mr. Gonzalez, a young activist for Make the Road New York, gained prominence running under the Working Families Party’s banner against the Democratic Party’s pick in a special election for the State Assembly last summer.
“For many of us the next municipal election still feels like something in the distant future,” Mr. Gonzalez wrote in an email to supporters this afternoon. “For me, it feels just around the corner.”
Mr. Gonzalez had previously been contemplating a run, but had not made it official. He registered a campaign committee earlier this month, however, and it seemed probable that he would, in fact, enter the race.
“I have been spending my days on the phone, my evenings at the door and my weekends speaking to as many of you as possible about my goal of being elected to New York’s City Council,” he continued. “I want to bring my passion for organizing and my deep love for our neighbourhoods to the City Council.”
Mr. Dilan is current running against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez this year, and if he’s successful, there would be an open special election for his seat. If he loses, the election would take place as scheduled in 2013. It’s not immediately clear who Mr. Dilan and the Brooklyn Democratic Party will back in the race.