Last time Reshma Saujani ran for office, it didn’t go so well. The former deputy public advocate and Girls Who Code founder spent more per vote than billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but finished with just 19 percent in her 2010 primary challenge against Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
And even today, she continues to face flak for taking on a popular incumbent, which was painted most recently by one of her opponents as an anti-feminist move.
But Ms. Saujani, 37, said this time around, as she campaigns for public advocate, it’s a very different story.
It’s the position first in line to succeed the mayor, but the vast majority of voters have no idea who’s running.
Only 20 percent of likely Democratic primary voters were able to correctly name a single candidate running to be the city’s next public advocate, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. And of the few who said they could name a candidate, seven percent named someone who’s not actually in the running.
Just like several of the leading mayoral contenders, public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani has a new policy book.
Ms. Saujani’s booklet, released today, is similar in format to those released by Gracie Mansion hopefuls Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn and lists initiatives on a handful of major topics, including jobs, education housing and government reform.
Parts of southeastern Queens may have bucked the county’s Democratic establishment in various races this year, but in the contest for public advocate, at least some local officials are falling into line.
In an announcement involving a whole host of pols, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman William Scarborough, both legislators hailing from the borough’s predominately black neighborhoods, endorsed Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani as their pick to replace outgoing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
In a showing that left many political insiders scratching their heads, popular City Councilwoman Letitia James and newcomer Catherine Guerriero are neck-and-neck in the race for public advocate, according to the first formal poll of the the one competitive citywide race besides mayor.
According to the Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist survey released last night, Ms. James, a Brooklyn councilwoman, is leading with 17 percent of the Democratic vote, statistically tied with Ms. Guerriero, a professor, with 16 percent.