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.
Deborah Liatos
Socialist Worker

Party Enrolled In: Socialist Workers Party

Current Occupation: mechanical assembler in electronics factory

Previous Occupation(s): factory worker

Education: high school

Organizational Affiliations: Socialist Workers Party

Prior Public Experience: SWP candidate for 13th C.D. in 2012 elections

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

Workers are facing everywhere the consequences of the deepening worldwide economic crisis of the capitalist system — the assault on our working conditions and standard of living. To cut across the competition and divisions fostered by capitalism, and build the working-class unity and political strength that is necessary to fight back against the propertied rulers, the Socialist Workers campaign calls for:

A massive government-funded public works program to provide millions of jobs building affordable housing, hospitals, child care centers and other things workers need. For a big increase in the minimum wage, which would increase the wage level for all working people. Organize and unionize unorganized workers. Defend a woman's right to choose abortion. Eliminate stop and frisk.


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

One important priority is joining the campaign to free the Cuban Five — Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and René González — Cuban revolutionaries framed up in 1998 on conspiracy charges. All but one remain in U.S. prisons today. The Five were gathering information on activities of Cuban-American counterrevolutionary groups operating on U.S. soil with impunity. There case has been winning growing support. They are an example of the kind of men and women who made and have defended the Cuban Revolution for over five decades and that will build a revolutionary party that can help lead a working-class fight for political power here.


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

Myself and the other Socialist Workers candidates are setting an example for workers of the need to break from the Democratic, Republican and other capitalist parties, and set a course for independent working-class political action. Read more about the campaign and these political issues in The Militant newspaper. Contact our campaign office at 212-736-2540 or newyorkswp@mac.com


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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