Today, U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) announced his reelection campaign for New York’s newly redrawn 10th Congressional District in New York City.
The new NY-10 includes parts of the East and West Village of Manhattan, “Brownstone Brooklyn”, Bourough Park. Former Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio announced Friday he would run for the new District 10 seat because it “has no incumbent.” Now with Mondaire Jones coming into the contest, Mr. de Blasio has one.
Congressman Jones announced this morning.
The Washington Post reported that Judge Patrick McAllister approved the NY congressional and State Senate maps redrawn districts at midnight last night following along the lines redrawn by Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh,Pa) fellow Jonathan Cervas and presented last Monday
The Washington Post article this morning quoted the five-page order by Justice McAllister declaring the new boundaries “almost perfectly neutral” 15 safe Democratic seats, three safe Republican seats and eight competitive seats.
Congressman Jones in his announcement for the 10th district statement wrote:
“The final congressional maps were the result of partisan politics – drawn by an out-of-state, Republican court appointee who has shown utter disregard for cultural, social, and economic communities of interest. It is designed to reduce the number of Democrats serving New Yorkers in Congress. I have decided to run for another term in Congress in NY-10 to help Democrats maintain their representation in Congress. “
New York’s 10th District is the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Since long before the Stonewall Uprising, queer people of color have sought refuge within its borders. I was proud to be elected as one of the first openly gay, Black members of Congress and I’m excited to make my case for why I’m the right person to lead this district forward and to continue my work in Congress to save our democracy from the threats of the far right. “
I helped pass the American Rescue Plan, and the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act to deliver critical investments in infrastructure for New York City. I have also worked to increase affordable housing and have led the fight to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and women. I look forward to championing the needs of the 10th District in Congress.”
The Congressional Primary Date is set for August 23, giving Jones and de Blasio plenty of time to acquire signatures if needed. It is unclear if they need to do that. It is also not a requirement that the persons running for the New District 10 need to reside in the district.
Congressman Jones sits on the House Committees on the Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics. He is vice chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet where he has led the fight to expand the Supreme Court through his Judiciary Act. As a staunch advocate for democracy reform and voting rights, Congressman Jones co-authored and helped pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act in the House. He has authored and championed proposals for universal child care and lowering costs for working families through antitrust legislation. Recently, Congressman Jones delivered $8.2 million in community project funding for his constituents.