Washington, D.C. – Latino Victory Fund congratulates Diana Ayala, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Carlina Rivera, and Marjorie Velázquez on their victories in the New York City Democratic Primary. Ayala and Rivera were reelected as the Democratic nominees, Gutiérrez is the Democratic nominee to represent District 34, and Velázquez could become the first Latina to represent District 13, if elected in November.
“These are phenomenal Latina candidates who are front and center in the fight for a New York where working families have opportunities for a quality life with good-paying jobs, better schools and doctors’ visits that won’t bankrupt them,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund President and CEO. “New York’s City Council represents 2 million Latinos, and after these victories, our community is closer to having an even more resounding voice to speak for them at City Hall.
“Each time issues like health care access, housing affordability, reproductive rights, and jobs are addressed in the Council, there should be more council members to speak up to ensure these policies translate into real-life results. Latino Victory is thrilled to congratulate Diana, Jennifer, Carlina, and Marjorie, and we look forward to seeing them executing their vision for an inclusive, thriving city.”
Councilwoman Diana Ayala, District 8
- Councilwoman Ayala has worked for nearly two decades serving the New York City Council’s 8th District in social service agencies and government. She advocates for issues that impact her community, including housing, gun violence, and senior services. Learn more about Diana Ayala here.
Jennifer Gutiérrez, District 34
- Gutiérrez is running for city council to keep people in homes, provide real solutions to a community disproportionately impacted by over-policing, environmental racism, and oversaturated luxury housing. Learn more about Jennifer Gutiérrez here.
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, District 2
- Councilwoman Rivera is a community organizer, non-profit leader, former legislative staffer, and councilwoman representing the 2nd District. Rivera has established herself as a champion of affordable housing, healthcare reform, reproductive justice, small business relief, and child welfare policy. Learn more about Carlina Rivera here.
Marjorie Velázquez, District 13
- Marjorie Velázquez would be the first Latina council member to represent New York City Council District 13 if elected. Her top priority issues are Covid-19 recovery, which has heavily impacted her community, food insecurity, job creation, an overall plan to invest in people in housing, healthcare access, and environmental protections. Learn more about Marjorie Velázquez here.
The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House.