Yonkers – Surrounded by supporters from her district, County Legislator Virginia Perez confirmed the long-running rumors of her challenging State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins for her seat in the 35th District, when she officially announced her candidacy, Friday in the neighborhood she grew up in.
“We are here, and I am here with you today,” Perez announced to a cheering crowd of supporters in her neighborhood, “to announce that I am running for New York State Senate to represent the 35 senate district,”
“The political establishment asked me, actually told me not do this,” says Perez, who is currently serving her fourth term as legislator. “If by challenging the status quo, challenging the establishment, means that I am committing political suicide, then so be it.”
While she is just making it official after finding out she made the ballot, it was no surprise to residents in her district who saw her gathering signatures once the petition process began.
Senator Stewart-Cousins, the leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany, is positioned to become majority leader following the general elections in November. After being challenged by Senator Jeffrey D Klein (D-Bronx), who heads the 8-member Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC) and called for her resignation in 2017, now she will face Perez in the September 13th primary.
Look for both candidates to appear on upcoming episodes of People Before Politics Radio, before the primary.