No breaking news – NYC is a one party town. A primary victory in the September election of a City Council aspirant is essentially a victory in November. But not necessarily.
The following message from Jasmin Sanchez explains why. Others, like Jasmin, are making the same effort running on the Liberal Party line for a City Council position in their districts.
Jasmin is in District 2 in Manhattan, a district covering the East Village, Alphabet City, Peter Cooper Village, Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Gramercy Park and part of the Lower East Side.
Jasmin’s words are an inspiration to those of us who believe….
Hello District 2.
As I thought about what I would say today, here is what I came up with. Election days come and go but the new found political activation and mobilization that attempts to transform our district never ends. There is a new wave of leadership coming and I cannot wait to be on the front lines of it. This fight will continue every day, every week and every month.
Real change doesn’t happen from the top down or in the living rooms of the wealthy or by special interests declaring a candidate. It always occurs from the bottom up. I ran a positive and educational campaign, registering people to vote, educating them on local politics and exciting our youth. That’s one of my successes from the democratic race.
When I started this campaign over a year ago, I did not have any political experience, money and little name recognition. The media determined from the beginning that my campaign wasn’t going anywhere, not giving my campaign an opportunity to discuss my platform, agenda and reasoning why I was running. I am proud to say that I gained the experience, constituents know my name and who I am throughout the district and that I have received donations from my supporters. Although the media didn’t focus on every campaign equally, I was honored to have savvy young people on my committee and they taught me about social media campaigns, which was our main source of advertising.
One of my other successes from this campaign was meeting people throughout the district who helped shape my platform, giving me an optimistic vision on the future of District 2. These are the people who ARE the future of this district.
We showed the district that we could run a strong campaign without being dependent on the big-money interests whose greed has done so much to damage our district and without fancy endorsements. Our campaign was a true grassroots campaign and I wouldn’t change it ever.
To those few community leaders who had the courage to vocally and physically stand with us, I say thank you. We must continue working together into the future. This campaign has never been about any single candidate. It is always about transforming the district. 13,362 people voted last night and 5,222 voted not in favor of the old politics, not in favor of the same leadership, that is a profound number of people and they are the ones that aren’t being served by our local elected officials.
I am proud to have received the endorsement of the Liberal Party of NY in July 2017. And just like that, Jasmin Sanchez is in the General Elections. I am calling out to the 5,222 constituents that are disenfranchised, let us stand together and say not anymore. The major political task that we are facing in the next 56 days is to make certain that a change occurs within our district and that people get out and VOTE on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.
Let me close by once again thanking everyone who has helped in this campaign in one way or another. Your late nights and early mornings, your door knocking and petition gathering, rushing from work to debates and then forums 🙂, your time, energy and effort is something I could never repay. But I must humbly say thank you. Thank you for your belief in me and for believing that through our work we can change the face of things. Our fight is not over. We have 56 days to get me elected. I am pleased that we have begun the long and strenuous process of transforming District 2, a fight that will continue tomorrow, next week, next year and into the future.
New York City Council Candidate – District 2