Brad Holyman, a community board chair and candidate for retiring Manhattan State Senator Tom Duane’s seat this year, has not only received the backing of Mr. Duane, but today announced the support of multiple influential council members inside and outside of the district: Christine Quinn, Dan Garodnick, Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, Jessica Lappin, Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer.
“Brad is the kind of progressive reformer our City needs in Albany,” Ms. Quinn declared in a statement released this morning. “He has a proven record on the issues that matter most to this City and is a true fighter on the issues that matter most to New Yorkers.”
A number of the council members endorsing Mr. Hoylman today are, like him, openly gay, which the two councilmen from Queens in the list highlighted with their own statements, calling him “a fighter on issues of importance to LGBT New Yorkers,” for example.
Mr. Hoylman potentially faces multiple challenges in the Democratic primary this year, but the most notable one seems to be Tommy Greco, the owner of The Ritz bar in Hells Kitchen and a plugged-in member of local Democratic circles. But it seems that almost all of the elected officials in the district are circling their wagons around Mr. Hoylman’s candidacy.