zephyrThe Working Families Party in an email to supporters on Monday urged Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout to run for an open House seat in the 19th congressional district.

“Zephyr Teachout would be an instantly competitive and compelling candidate. She has a record of fearlessly standing up for a democracy and an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few,” said WFP state director Bill Lipton.

In the email, the WFP writes that Teachout’s potential candidacy “is already gaining steam” as several county chairs in the district have signaled support for her.

Teachout in 2014 sought the WFP’s endorsement and ballot line in the gubernatorial race. Ultimately, the party endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Teachout would go on to challenge Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in a close-than-expected primary that year.

“Zephyr lives in Dutchess County, and would be a great match for the district: she’s a fearless, reform-minded leader who has stood up to both Republicans and Democrats to challenge the status quo,” the WFP wrote in the email, skirting Teachout’s other residence in Brooklyn. “She is a passionate believer in government by and for the people, not just the powerful.”

Incumbent Rep. Chris Gibson is retiring from the Hudson Valley district at the end of the year as he considers a run for governor in 2018.