2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 38th City Council District

* If there is an asterisk next to a candidate's name, s/he did not submit a profile or record a video.
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Carlos Menchaca
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: City Council Candidate

Previous Occupation(s): LGBT & HIV/AIDS Community Liaison, Office of the Speaker of New York City Council, Christine C. Quinn

Education: Jesuit University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Bachelor of Arts, Performing Arts and Social Justice

Organizational Affiliations: Red Hook Volunteers Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Prior Public Experience: LGBT & HIV/AIDS Community Liaison, Office of the Speaker of the New York City Council, Christine C. Quinn. Capital Budget and Policy Coordinator, Chief of Staff Office, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz. Fellow in Public Affairs, Coro New York Leadership Center.

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 38 you would address if elected?

The most urgent issue affecting the 38th Council District is the need for more education funding. As someone who graduated from public schools and the first in my family to graduate from college, I know the positive impact a high quality, public education has on the lives of young people. Many schools in my district have had numerous programs cut and are overcrowded. Once I am elected, I will fight to bring back programs like Head Start and demand more funding to decrease class room size.


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

In the City Council, I will also fight to protect and expand affordable housing, bring more jobs opportunities to the district and demand that we focus funding on long-term Sandy recovery. I will make sure to revitalize the industrial park, improve environmental protections and increase access to the waterfront.


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

As an experienced advocate and public servant, I know what it takes to deliver real resources to neighborhoods in need. I already have a history of bringing funding to Sunset Park, and organizing relief efforts in Red Hook. I will be a visible and vocal leader who will show up and fight for the 38th Council District.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • WF = Working Families