Staten Island City Council candidate Debi Rose just picked up the endorsement of the Working Families Party. (The union 1199 SEIU endorsed Rose earlier today).
Support from the W.F.P. helps to cast Rose as the most progressive candidate vying for the seat vacated by Michael McMahon, who was elected to Congress in November.
The special election will be held February 24.
The race is crowded, and includes McMahon’s former chief of staff, Ken Mitchell, a former Community Assistance Unit aide to Michael Bloomberg, Tom Curitore, and a retired NYPD official, Paul Saryian, as well as other candidates.
In a recent candidate forum, Rose was quick to play up the fact that she’s the only woman in the race.
Among the other things she said at that event was that she’d press the Health and Hospital Corporation to send 20 percent of its operating budget to Staten Island to help make up for the fact that there is no public hospital in that borough.