With every municipal office (Councilmember, borough president, comptroller, public advocate and mayor) on the ballot. But thanks to the power of incumbency, competitive races are hard to find. The exception might be in the seven Council districts where the incumbent must leave office because of term limits. Below is a list we will update between now and primary day identifying the candidates in each of those races and some information about each of them. Let us know if there is a name we are missing or a resource we should include.
Incumbent: Rosie Mendez
East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Rose Hill
Ronnie Cho: Former White House staffer under President Obama. Cho served as Associate Directory of Public Engagement for three years until 2014.
- Twitter: @RonnieCho
- Facebook: @ChoForCityCouncil
- Instagram: iamronniecho
- Campaign Website: https://www.ronniecho.com
- Campaign Finance: Ronnie Cho NYCCFB page
Chetan Hebbur: 21-year old senior at New York University, who is depending on the 50,000 students at NYU to secure him a spot on the ballot.
- Twitter: @HebburForNYC
- Campaign Website: https://www.hebburfornyc.com
- Campaign Finance: Hebbur NYCCFB page
Erin Hussein: Currently the president of her co-op, Hussein describes herself as a committed activist, who is focused and passionate on every issue she takes on.
– Twitter: @erinhusseinnyc2
- Facebook: @erinhusseinnyc2
- Instagram: husseinerin
- Campaign Website: https://www.erinhusseinnyc2.com
- Campaign Finance: Hussein NYCCFB page
Jimmy McMillan: Creator of the “Rent is too damn high” party, plans to run for the open seat as a Republican.
Carlina Rivera: Rivera grew up in the Lower East Side and has spent her career aiming to help her neighborhood and improve aid to seniors, homeless and children.
- Twitter: @CarlinaRivera
- Facebook: @CarlinaforCouncil
- Instagram: carlinalrivera
- Campaign Website: http://carlinarivera.nyc
- Campaign Finance: Rivera NYCCFB page
Jasmin Sanchez: This candidate also grew up in the Lower East Side. Her platform includes improvements to public transit, crime reduction and the preservation of city parks.
- Twitter: @peopleforjasmin
- Facebook: @peopleforjasmin
- Instagram: peopleforjasmin
- Youtube: Jasmin Sanchez
- Campaign Website: https://www.peopleforjasminsanchez.com
- Campaign Finance: Sanchez NYCCFB page
Mary Silver: An attorney and currently a member of CB 6, Silver has been constantly involved with elected officials working on issues such as homelessness and safety.
- Twitter: @marysilvernyc
- Campaign Website: http://www.marysilvernyc.com
- Campaign Finance: Silver NYCCFB page
Jorge Vasquez: Also a lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, Vasquez grew up active in the community and his school. He holds a JD from Seton Hall University and an LL.M. in trial and advocacy from Basely School of Law, Temple University.
Incumbent: Daniel Garodnick
Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place
Vanessa Aronson: As a NYC teacher, Aronson was motivated to run after the realization that the challenges her students faced came from economic insecurity.
- Twitter: @vanessaaronson
- Campaign Website: http://www.vanessataronson.com
- Campaign Finance: Aronson NYCCFB page
Maria Castro: N/A
Diane Grayson: Grayson is a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town/Peter-Cooper Village. She describes herself as being passionate about affordable housing, the environment, and giving a voice to those that may be underrepresented.
- Twitter: @diane_grayson
- Facebook: @DianeGraysonCityCouncil2017
- Campaign Finance: Grayson NYCCFB page
Rebecca Harary: Switching careers from a business woman to a community activist, Harary has found two non-profit schools and is currently looking forward to creating an organization that would aid woman that want to join the work force.
- Twitter: @teamharary
- Campaign Website: https://www.teamharary.com
- Campaign Finance: Harary NYCCFB page
Rachel Honig: Honig is calling for a creation of a “new” kind of government, as she says the current system is outdated for the melting pot that is New York City.
- Twitter: @HonigForNY
- Facebook: @honigfornewyork
- Campaign Website: https://honigfornewyork.com
- Campaign Finance: Honig NYCCFB page
Melissa Jane Kronfeld: Kronfeld went to college in Washington D.C where she studied government and journalism. After returning to NY, she became a reporter for the New York Post.
- Twitter: @TeamMJ_NYC
- Facebook: @TeamMJNYC
- Instagram: teammj_NYC
- Snapchat: TEAMMJNYC
- Youtube: TeamMJ_NYC
- Campaign Website: http://www.teammj2017.com
- Campaign Finance: Kronfeld NYCCFB page
Jeffrey Mailman: Formerly from Hollis, Queens, Mailman currently resides in Midtown East. He hopes to win the open seat for District 4 to stand up for its residents.
- Twitter: @jeffmailman
- Facebook: @mailman2017
- Campaign Website: http://www.jeffmailman.com
- Campaign Finance: Mailman NYCCFB page
Keith Powers: Powers is also a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. He previously worked as Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Jonathan Bing.
- Twitter: @keithpowersnyc
- Facebook: @KeithPowersNYC
- Campaign Website: https://www.keithpowers.nyc
- Campaign Finance: Powers NYCCFB page
Bessie Schachter: With a career of working with NYC elected officials since 2009, Schachter hopes her experience will win her the city council seat.
- Twitter: @schachter_b
- Facebook: @bessieschachter
- Campaign Website: http://bessie2017.com
- Campaign Finance: Schachter NYCCFB page
Barry H. Shapiro:
Martha (Marti) Speranza: Currently the Director of WE NYC, an initiative to help women to start their own businesses. Speranza previously served as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Department of Consumer Affairs and a State Committeewoman for the 74th Assembly District.
- Twitter: @MartiSperanzaNY
- Facebook: @MartiSperanzaNY
- Instagram: martisperanzany
- Campaign Website: http://www.martiforcouncil.com
- Campaign Finance: Speranza NYCCFB page
Incumbent: Melissa Mark-Viverito
El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris
Diana Ayala: Currently the Chief of Staff of District 8’s Councilmember, Melissa Mark-Viverito. The current councilwoman has endorsed Ayala to take her place in the 2017 election.
- Facebook: @diana.ayala.161
- Campaign Website: http://www.friendsofdianaayala.com
- Campaign Finance: Ayala NYCCFB page
Edward Gibbs: Gibbs has been working and volunteering to help those in his community and improve the quality of life for the past 20 years.
- Facebook: @HOODBUDDY
- Campaign Website: http://edgibbsforcitycouncil.com
- Campaign Finance: Gibbs NYCCFB page
Tamika Mapp: Mapp’s platform includes family court reform after she says the system ultimately led to the death of her daughter, who committed suicide in 2013. Her other issues include affordable housing, quality education and wage equality.
- Twitter: @ehcfgg
- Campaign Website: http://www.ehcfgg.com
- Campaign Finance: Mapp NYCCFB page
Edward Santos: A teacher in the past, Santos now works with the NYC Department of Education to implement and roll out the universal pre-k system.
- Twitter: @edwardnsantos
- Facebook: @edwardnsantos
- Instagram: edwardnsantos
- Campaign Website: http://www.edwardnsantos.com/ // http://www.votesantosny.com
- Campaign Finance: Santos NYCCFB page
Incumbent: Jimmy Vacca
Allerton, City Island, Country Club, Edgewater Park, Ferry Point, Locust Point, Morris Park, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Schuylerville, Silver Beach, Spencer Estates, Throggs Neck, Van Nest, Waterbury LaSalle, Westchester Square, Zerega
Muhammad Abuhaikal: Moving to the U.S at the age of 10, Abuhaikal would eventually become one of NYC’s police officers. It is here he witnessed the poor living conditions that led him to create a non-profit to provide the underserved residents with essentials.
- Twitter: @moabuhaikal
- Facebook: @abuhaikal4us
- Campaign Website: http://www.abuhaikal4us.com
- Campaign Finance: Abuhaikal NYCCFB page
John Cerini: Currently a tax attorney for a family-owned firm, Cerini was motivated to run for office to improve the neighborhood he grew up in so his children would be encouraged to stay and raise their own families there.
John Doyle: A Bronx native, Doyle became involved in politics during his college years where he campaigns and organized protests.
- Twitter: @johndoyle4nyc
- Facebook: @johndoyle4nyc
- Campaign Website: http://www.johndoyle.nyc
- Campaign Finance: Doyle NYCCFB page
Mark Gjonaj: He is currently a representative of NYC’s 80th Assembly District. Gjonaj is a Bronx native, business owner, and a community organizer.
- Twitter: @markgjonajny
- Campaign Website: MarkGjonaj.com
- Campaign Finance: Gjonaj NYCCFB page
Alex Gomez: Immigrated from Colombia at the age of 5, Gomez would persevere, work and dedicate himself to school all whilst still volunteering. He graduated the top of his class in high school and would eventually go on to college as a architect major.
- Twitter: @alexgomeznyc
- Facebook: @alexgomeznyc
- Campaign Website: http://www.alexgomez.nyc
- Campaign Finance: Gomez NYCCFB page
John Marano: As a retired NYC firefighter, Marano began volunteering around his community. He would first be the coach for his son’s sport teams and later become a board member on CB10. Marano would then take the seat as Chair of the Municipal Service Committee and Chair of CB10.
- Twitter: @67marano
- Facebook: @johnmaranocitycouncil
- Campaign Website: http://johnmaranoforcitycouncil.yolasite.com
- Campaign Finance: Marano NYCCFB page
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Marjorie Velazquez: As a Bronx native, Velazquez would begin working as a public servant after recovering from a car crash. She became the treasure for Ritchie Torres and a executive board member for CB10.
- Twitter: @mvelazquez2017
- Facebook: @mvelazquez2017
- Campaign Website: http://www.marjorievelazquez.com
- Campaign Finance: Velazquez NYCCFB page
Incumbent: Anabel Palma
Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point, Harding Park
Ruben Diaz Sr: Diaz formerly had the city council seat back in 2001 before joining the State Senate in 2002.
– Campaign Finance: Diaz NYCCFB page
Amanda Farias: Farias began her political career in 2012 as she prepared the Black and Latin communities to help aid in President Obama’s reelection.
- Twitter: @AmandaFariasNYC
- Facebook: @AmandaFariasNYC
- Campaign Website: https://www.amandafarias.nyc
- Campaign Finance: Farias NYCCFB page
Elvin Garcia: Garcia began his political career during his college years where he organized multiple groups fighting for increased enrollment and financial aid for students of color and low income.
- Twitter: @elvingarcianyc
- Facebook: @ElvinGarciaNYC
- Instagram: elvin_garcia_nyc
- Campaign Website: http://www.elvingarcia.nyc
- Campaign Finance: Garcia NYCCFB page
Carl Lundgren: Lundgren previously ran for State Senate in 2014 and 2016. Lundgren is running under the Green Party after being inspired by Ralph Nader in 2000.
- Twitter: @carl4thepeople
- Facebook: @VoteCarlLundgren
- Campaign Website: http://www.lundgren2017.info
- Campaign Finance: Lundgren NYCCFB page
William Moore: N/A
- Campaign Finance: Moore NYCCFB page
John Perez: N/A
– Campaign Finance: Perez NYCCFB page
Incumbent: Darlne Mealy
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Flatbush, Crown Heights
Alicka Ampry-Samuel: Samuel once moved to Ghana working for the U.S Embassy to manage human rights and community development. Upon returning to the U.S, she became Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, who also represented Brownsville.
- Twitter: @alickasamuel
- Facebook: Alicka-Samuel-for-New-York-City-Council
- Campaign Website: https://votealickasamuel.nationbuilder.com
- Campaign Finance: Samuel NYCCFB page
Henry Butler: Butler grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant in a public housing building. He is currently the District Manager of CB3.
- Facebook: @butler41stdistrict
- Campaign Website: http://henrybutler41stcouncil.com
- Campaign Finance: Butler NYCCFB page
Leopold Cox: N/A
Kathleen Daniel: Daniel is currently the Borough President Appointee to the Community Education Council in Bedford Stuyvesant.
Jamell Henderson: After the death of his parents, Henderson spent nearly 8 years in foster care. He would eventually become one of the youngest members to serve on CB8 and did so for 2 terms. Henderson aspires to eventually become President.
- Twitter: @president1985
- Facebook: @jamell.henderson
- Campaign Website:
- Campaign Finance: Henderson NYCCFB page
Moreen King: N/A
- Campaign Website:
- Campaign Finance: King NYCCFB page
Deidre Olivera: As a business owner, Olivera’s platform includes advocating for the middle class workers to aid in the American dream.
- Twitter: @olivera4council
- Facebook: @olivera2017
- Campaign Website: http://olivera2017.com
- Campaign Finance: Oliver NYCCFB page
Cory Provost: Currently the District Leader of the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn, Provost wants to extend his reach into City Hall. He is passionate about creating opportunities and providing resources to the underserved population.
- Twitter: @coryprovost
- Facebook: @teamprovost
- Instagram: coryprovost
- Campaign Website: https://www.coryprovost.com
- Campaign Finance: Provost NYCCFB page
Incumbent: Vincent Gentile
Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach
Justin Brannan: From a small business owner, to musician, to a public activist, Brannan’s platform also includes the preservation of the middle class.
- Twitter: @JustinBrannan
- Facebook: @JustinBrannan2017
- Campaign Website: http://www.justin2017.com
- Campaign Finance: Brannan NYCCFB page
Robert Capano: Capano previously worked as a senior aide to former borough Presidents, Marty Markowitz and Howard Golden. He currently teaches at John Jay College for the last 12 years as an adjunct professor.
- Twitter: @bobcapano
- Facebook: Bob Capano
- Campaign Website: http://bobcapano.com
- Campaign Finance: Capano NYCCFB page
Kevin Peter Carroll: Carroll was appointed to CB10 in 2006 and joined an array of committees including: Health & Welfare, Military & Veteran Affairs and Housing committee. He is currently serving his 6th full term on the Environmental and Communications & Public Relations committee.
- Twitter: @KevinPeter86
- Facebook: @honkevinpetercarroll
- Campaign Website: https://www.kevinpetercarroll.com
- Campaign Finance: Peter Carroll NYCCFB page
Khader El-Yateem: His candidacy makes him the first Palestinian-American to run for a public office in New York. El-Yateem has lived in Brooklyn since 1995 and is a Pastor in his community.
- Twitter: @KhaderElyateem
- Facebook: @ElYateem2017
- Campaign Website: https://www.elyateem2017.com/bio/
- Campaign Finance: El-Yateem NYCCFB page
Liam McCabe: A lifelong Bayridge President, McCabe founded a consulting firm, Steeplechase Strategies and aided the community in building.
- Twitter: @BkLiam
- Facebook: @BkLiam
- Instagram: BkLiam
- Campaign Website: http://www.bkliam.com/
- Campaign Finance: McCabe NYCCFB page
John Quaglione: Quaglione is currently the Chief of Staff and Press Secretary for Senator Marty Golden. He began his political career back in 1997 when he worked for Golden during his New York City Council candidacy.
- Twitter: @JQuaglione
- Facebook: @Q4U2017
- Campaign Website: http://votejohnq.com/
- Campaign Finance: Quaglione NYCCFB page
Nancy Tong: Feeling limited of her reach as Democratic District Leader, Tong says as the 43rd District City Council, she will be able to serve her community more.