Council Member Margaret Chin immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Hong Kong in 1963 when she was nine years old. She grew up in NYC Chinatown and attended P.S. 130 and JHS 65. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and from the City College of New York (CCNY) with a degree in education. It was at City College through taking Asian Studies courses that Margaret got involved in community organizing. For more than 30 years she has dedicated herself to public service to help immigrants, low income and working families. Margaret was elected to the New York City Council in 2010, as the representative for District 1, lower Manhattan. Margaret is a proud member of the Progressive Caucus, and the Women's Caucus. Margaret has twice been elected by her colleagues to serve as an executive member of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus.
Kirsten John Foy is a minister, husband and father residing in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Through his professional work and his ministry, Kirsten has helped advocate for criminal justice reforms and economic justice, and consistently fought against police abuse and misconduct. Kirsten has a record of bringing people together to fight for positive change, achieving policy goals through public engagement, and moving government to address people’s needs. (District 36, Brooklyn)
Ben Kallos is a third generation Upper East Sider. Born and raised in the neighborhood, he attended New York public schools and went on to become Executive Director of a leading good government group, a public interest lawyer, an entrepreneur and former Chief of Staff to a local Assembly Member. His focus on progressive policy solutions, combined with his depth of experience in the public sector, makes him a natural choice for the endorsement of the Progressive Caucus Alliance (District 5, Manhattan).
Mark Levine is a Democratic District Leader in Northern Manhattan and the founder of the area's first and only community development credit union. Mark founded the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, which has quickly become a force for empowering community residents to make their voice heard in local politics. He is working to unite people from all walks of life in his diverse district around a progressive agenda of economic, social, and environmental justice (District 7, Manhattan).
Council Member Stephen Levin was elected in 2009 to represent the 33rd District in the New York City Council, which includes the diverse communities of Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill and parts of Park Slope. A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Stephen moved to Brooklyn to work as a community organizer after graduating from Brown University. Stephen started his career by simultaneously running a Lead Safe House program and an anti-predatory lending program, both based in Bushwick. In 2006, Stephen went to work for the New York State Assembly, where his non-profit experience allowed him to advocate effectively for constituents. During his first term in the City Council, Stephen has proven to be a leader on education and early childhood issues, and an advocate for increased open space in our communities and transportation safety initiatives. Council Member Levin serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions, and is a member of the Progressive Caucus.
A community and labor activist, Daneek Miller serves as President of Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local No. 1056, which represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit's Queens Bus Division. Daneek has lived in Southeast Queens for the past 35 years and has spent a lifetime fighting for its residents. As a labor and community activist with a record of hard-fought victories, Daneek knows the power of building coalitions to deliver for the community. His experience as a labor leader with a record of benefits and services delivered to working people make Daneek well-qualified to represent Southeast Queens in the City Council. (District 27, Queens)
Antonio Reynoso is a dedicated community leader and public servant who knows how to build diverse coalitions and empower people. As chief of staff to Councilwoman Diana Reyna, Antonio has worked to improve the quality of life for local families and households, and as a City Council Member he will build on his record of fighting to increase opportunities for low-income people. (District 34, Brooklyn)
Council Member Donovan Richards grew up Southeast Queens and the Rockaways, and became active in local politics to combat gun violence in his community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he has helped to lead the effort to provide disaster relief in the Rockaways and Southeast Queens. Donovan won the special election in his district on February 19, 2013 and is now a City Council Member! (District 31, Queens)
Council Member Debi Rose holds the distinction of being the first African-American elected official from the Island, winning the 49th Council District seat (North Shore/Staten Island) in 2009. Known for her energetic activism, Councilwoman Rose is a second-generation Staten Island native. She was a member and officer of Community Board 1 for more than 20 years and chaired its Youth Services Planning Committee for 11 years. In a wide range of elected and volunteer positions, she has proven herself an effective advocate for all of the North Shore on issues ranging from public health, education, seniors, and youth, to concerns about the environment, economic development, and housing. Council Member Rose is the chairperson of the New York City Council Civil Rights Committee and a member of the Progressive Caucus.
Ritchie Torres is a lifelong son of the Bronx, who grew up in Bronx Public Housing. As Housing Director for Councilmember Jimmy Vacca, Ritchie organized tenant associations in dilapidated buildings throughout the district, and rallied them to fight for building improvements and rent reductions. Ritchie is running for City Council because he believes that hard working people deserve a fighting chance to earn a decent life for their families, just like he did. (District 15, Bronx)