After losing the Democratic primary for City Council last month, Assemblyman Micah Kellner has filed paperwork indicating his intention to run in the general–this time on the Working Families Party line.
According to a certificate of active candidacy filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Mr. Kellner has raised sufficient funds and has also entered into an agreement with a firm to produce mailers for the campaign.
Mr. Kellner lost his highly-charged primary contest to opponent Ben Kallos by about 6 percent following revelations that a sexual harassment complaint was once filed against him. The Working Families Party, which endorsed Mr. Kellner long before his loss, has since voted to endorse Mr. Kallos in the general.
Mr. Kellner did not immediately respond to a request for comment and a Kallos spokeswoman declined, but Working Families Party spokesman Joe Dinkin called on Mr. Kellner to concede the November ballot.
“The Working Families Party unanimously endorsed Ben Kallos for District 5 and proudly supports him,” Mr. Dinkin said in a statement. “We call on Micah Kellner to stand down from this futile and foolish endeavor.”
In the heavily Democratic Upper East Side district, Mr. Kellner would have an uphill battle in the general election, which also features Republican David Garland.
The deadline for candidates to notify the CFB that they intend to run in the general with the help of public matching funds is today. Others who have filed include Igor Oberman, who is running on the WFP line in Brooklyn, and Joel Rivera, who is pursuing the Republican line in the Bronx.
Additional reporting by Colin Campbell.
View the certificate of active candidacy below: