13th Congressional District

Congressman Charlie Rangel (D)

announced his retirement following his last election to Congress in 2014.

Eight Democrats, one Republican, and one Green Party candidate remain in the race to replace the long-time Representative.

His district should be safe for a Democrat to win – Rangel won by a landslide in 2014.


Who’s Still In


Assemblyman Keith Wright (D) Wright has filed to replace Rangel and has received support from at least one leader in the legislature – Assembly Ways and Means Chairman Herman “Denny” Farrell.
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Clyde Williams (D) Williams has been involved in national politics for a few decades now. He worked on Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1996 and in 2008 he was Political Director at the Democratic National Committee. Williams ran for the seat in 2012 as well but did not come close to unseating Congressman Rangel.
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State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D) This would not be Espaillat’s first run for the 13th Congressional District. He’s run against Rangel twice now, losing by less than 2,000 votes in the 2014 Democratic primary. Espaillat served in the Assembly before his election to the Senate.
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Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook (D) Cook is an advocate in the faith community. She is a former policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. She was also an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
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Adam Clayton Powell (D) Powell served in the State Assembly for 10 years until 2010. Before that, he served on the NYC Council for six years, and also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. This will be Powell’s third run for the Rangel seat.
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Mike Gallagher (D) Gallagher has worked on a few congressional campaigns outside of New York, and currently lives in Manhattan. He’s held a few other jobs before.
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Guillermo Linares (D) Linares was the first Dominican-born U.S. citizen elected to public office in 1991. He served on the City Council for nine years, and has also served in the Assembly since 2014. He also served in the Assembly in 2011 and 2012. He ran for State Senate in 2012, but lost the election.
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Sam Sloan (D) Sloan’s signatures filed with the Board of Elections were ruled valid, so he will appear on the ballot in June. No other information was immediately available.

Daniel Vila (G) Vila is the Green Party candidate in the race. He is a community activist and organizer.
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Robert “Tony” Evans (R) Evans is a former international corporate banker and a current advocate and trial lawyer.
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Who’s Out

State Senator Bill Perkins (D) Perkins had reportedly dropped his bid for the 13th Congressional District before the filing deadline.
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Martin Chicon (D) Chicon did not file signatures with the Board of Elections ahead of the June primary.
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