Earlier today, Politicker reported that Councilwoman Diana Reyna’s Chief of Staff Antonio Reynoso is looking at running for her seat when she retires, joining Borough President Marty Markowitz’s aide Jay Otaño. Since then, District Leader Maritza Davila told City & State she’s in the race again as well.
Now, Tommy Torres, a teacher active in Democratic politics, tells Politicker he’s also considering joining the crowded fray. ”Right now, it’s just an exploratory committee,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to run.”
He’s already taken the first step needed to raise funds for such a campaign by registering a committee for the seat.
Ivrol Hines, the publisher of the New York Liberty Star, which bills itself as “New York’s first choice for Caribbean news,” says he’ll run for Councilman Lew Fidler’s seat when it becomes available.
“If the seat opens, I will be contesting it,” Mr. Hines said in an interview with Politicker this morning. “I just think we need someone who actually lives in the community, cares about the community, and shares the concerns and the problems that regular citizens do. And that’s why I’m getting in there.”
The prospective candidate’s campaign platform is focused heavily on education. “Each year, our budget gets cut. More and more kids are coming into our classrooms,” he explained. “There’s nothing a teacher can do when you have 30 plus kids, 7, 8, 9 years old, sitting in one class room.”