2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for Public Advocate

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

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: NYC Council Member

Previous Occupation(s): Public Defender with Legal Aid Society; Assistant NYS Attorney General; Chief of Staff in NYS Assembly

Education: New York City public schools; CUNY Lehman College; Howard University Law School

Organizational Affiliations: Founded the Urban Network, a coalition of minority professional organizations that raises money and distributes college scholarships to inner city youth.

Prior Public Experience: NYC Council Member, 35th District

1. What is the most important issue in the city you would address if elected?

My top priority will be to fight for a great education for all our children. Through the Public Advocate's office I will demand that the City's focus is on improving the quality of education and I will engage the community and families to ensure that our students are prepared for college and the real world, not just taught to the test.


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

I will fight for good jobs that include fair wages and benefits for workers, affordable housing, consumer protections, access to health care and public safety.


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

I've stood up for progressive causes my entire career. As Public Advocate, I will continue to push for economic and social justice for all New Yorkers by fighting for good schools, good-paying jobs, affordable housing, and the interests of the City's working and middle class.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • F = Freedom
  • G = Green
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • SW = Socialist Worker
  • SF = Students First
  • WV = War Veterans
  • WF = Working Families