In Queens, Moderate Council Member Who Unseated Incumbent Tries to Hold On Versus Progressive Challenger

May 21, 2021 | Reprinted from Gotham Gazette

[Incumbent City Council Member Bob] Holden does have a slight advantage in campaign fundraising. As of March 11, he had $193,507 in cash on hand while Ardila had $145,635. Ardila has, however, picked up a fair share of endorsements from prominent progressive electeds including a number from Queens such as Borough President Donovan Richards, State Senator Jessica Ramos, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, and Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer (who is running for Borough President) and Antonio Reynoso, and former Council Member Costa Constantinides. He’s also been endorsed by his former boss, Council Member Lander, progressive leader Zephyr Teachout, the Working Families Party, the Labor Strong 2021 coalition, which includes SEIU 32BJ, Communications Workers of America, DC37, Hotel Trades Council, and the New York State Nurses Association, and the Road to Justice NYC Coalition, which includes 1199SEIU, Make the Road Action, and Community Voices Heard Power.

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