Make the Road NY community organizer Jesus Gonzalez is slated to make his campaign for the State Assembly official tomorrow alongside a host of Brooklyn elected officials, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Council Members Diana Reyna and Charles Barron.
Gonzalez has been coy about his intentions to run for the seat even as he has been raising money. Forces close to Brooklyn party head Vito Lopez have assumed that Gonzalez is in the race to siphon votes away from their candidate, Rafael Espinal, an aide to Lopez-ally Erik Dilan. Deidra Towns is also running for the seat in a race that is being viewed by many as a test of strength of her father, Congressman Ed Towns.
But the coalition that has assembled for Gonzalez’s campaign kick-off shows a surprisingly broad-based appeal, with anti-Lopez forces like Velazquez and Reyna lining up alongside East New York powerbrokers like Barron.
Also slated to attend are El Puente founder Luis Garden Acosta, District Leader Lincoln Restler, and representatives from 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement.
The race will also be something of a referendum on Make the Road and whether or not their impressive community organizing abilities translate into success at the ballot box.
The seat became vacant when Deidra Towns brother resigned to take a job in the Andrew Cuomo administration. A date for the special election has not been called.