Dodge Landesman, who made headlines in 2009 as the youngest New York City Council candidate in history, has decided to set his sights a tad lower for 2012: Democratic State Committee.
And, the 21-year-old Landesman is no longer in high school for this campaign, he’s currently attending Manhattanville College.
Although he dropped out of his 2009 City Council race and endorsed his primary opponent, Rosie Mendez, Mr. Landesman insists this time he’s in it to win it. ”I never really intended to win, that was never the goal,” he responded when asked about his last campaign, adding that his last electoral effort was designed to move the discussion forward on special education advocacy.
Mr. Landesman’s campaign puts him on a collision course with the incumbent State Committee member, Arthur Schwartz, but he hopes his platform of elevating progressive issues, notably opposition to hydrofracking, will resonate in the Democratic primary later this year.
The district’s current boundaries match Assemblywoman Deborah Glick’s district in Lower Manhattan, but are subject to change during redistricting.