Assemblyman Rory Lancman fully vacated his northeastern Queens seat in order to unsuccessfully run for Congress earlier this summer, and now the race to replace him is increasingly heating up and becoming a one to keep your eye on for this year’s September 13th Democratic primary.
Local community board chairman Jerry Iannece has received the support of the Queens County Democratic Party and has been slowly rolling out the endorsements of elected officials in the area, but his opponent would like to announce that she has her own notable support as well.
Nily Rozic, the chief of staff for Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, declared that EMILY’s List, an organization that seeks to raise funds for — and elect — pro-choice Democratic female candidates, is formally endorsing her candidacy.
“While states across the country—including New York—face the challenges of a tough economy and attacks on women’s health, our country is at risk of having fewer women in State Legislatures at the start of 2013,” Ms. Rozic said in a statement this morning. “Now, more than ever, our states need the leadership of strong, pro-choice Democratic women like me.”
Her campaign also pointed to her labor support, noting her backing by trades unions, CWA, UAW and more. In an interview with The Perez Notes last month, she said the influential Working Families Party is behind her candidacy as well.
Of course, Mr. Iannece is anything but a slouch when it comes to securing his own support, and he’s already announced that SEIU 32BJ, 1199 and other unions are backing him, as well as a small army of elected officials.