2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 8th City Council District

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Melissa Mark Viverito
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: New York City Councilwoman, 8th Council District.

Previous Occupation(s): Strategic Organizer for 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Worker's East; Director of the Hispanic Education and Legal Fund (HELP); Deputy Director of ASPIRA of New York

Education: Columbia University, BA; Baruch College, MPA; National Urban Fellow

Organizational Affiliations: NY City Council Progressive Caucus, co-founder and co-Chair; NY City Council Parks Committee, Chair; Women of El Barrio, founding member; Community Board 11, past member; Community Board 2, past member

Prior Public Experience: Elected to the New York City Council in 2005 and 2009

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 08 you would address if elected?

I currently represent the most affordable and rent stabilized housing units of any member of the city council. Though there are many issues and policy items that are important to me, I am running for re-election in order to continue my work as the voice to protect housing affordability.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

I have fought hard to ensure our students have the best facilities available to get a great education and have been successful keeping closing schools open, directing over $5 million to district schools and securing science labs, playgrounds and technology upgrades for 40 of our schools. But there's still more to do. I am running for re-election so I can continue to go to the mats for the young people in my district.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

From affordable housing, to paid sick leave, to good schools and open government, there is no one on this race with the experience and progressive track record to represent the Bronx and Manhattan communities in my district.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • R = Republican
  • WF = Working Families