WFP Congratulates Primary Winners

Progressive Party has a Big Night, Winning Three of Four NYC Priority Races

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NEW YORK CITY – The Working Families Party offered congratulations to its endorsed candidates who won Democratic primaries for Congress in New York City tonight. Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, a top election night priority for the WFP, won his contentious primary. Incumbent Nydia Velazquez and Charles Rangel, who both earned WFP support, also emerged victorious.

“You can’t be anything but delighted at the prospect of a real progressive like Hakeem Jeffries representing Brooklyn in Congress,” said WFP Co-Chair and CWA Region 1 Political Director Bob Master. The Working Families Party and its member unions were among the first organizations endorsing Jeffries and worked aggressively for him for three months.

“Congressman Rangel and Congresswoman Velazquez have never stopped fighting for us in Washington,” said WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor. “New Yorkers should be proud to send their voices back to Washington for another two years.”

The night wasn’t all smiles for the party, however. Assembly Member Rory Lancman, who earned WFP backing for his vocal support of WFP priorities, lost a hotly contested primary in Queens to fellow Assembly Member Grace Meng.

“Rory ran a great race, but ultimately, it just wasn’t enough,” said Cantor. “I’m sure he will continue to be a forceful advocate for the people of Queens. Our congratulations go to Grace Meng on her well-earned victory.”

Also in Brooklyn, WFP-endorsed Rep. Yvette Clarke won her primary challenge as well. Elsewhere in the state, other WFP-endorsed candidates won primaries, including Elliot Engel in the Bronx and Westchester Counties, Julian Screibman in the Hudson Valley and Nate Shinagawa in the Southern Tier and Western New York.

The Working Families Party is an independent grassroots party that fights for working-class, middle-class and poor families. WFP evaluates the records of all the candidates and supports those who stand up for issues like creating good jobs, making healthcare more affordable, quality public schools and fair taxes.

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