Dear Commons Community,
Zephr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University, who came on the political scene last year by challenging Andrew Cuomo in the New York State gubernatorial primary, announced last week that she will run for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Her political views are very similar to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. She considers herself a populist who is concerned about issues such as corporate influence, campaign finance reform, and climate change.
In her primary challenge, she garnered an impressive 30 percent of the vote against the popular incumbent Cuomo.
Since declaring her congressional candidacy, she has already received campaign contributions from more than 3000 donors with an average donation of $30.
The 19th District is located in the Hudson Valley where she did well in her primary challenge. It’s a district that leans slightly Democratic, and where the incumbent, Rep. Chris Gibson (R), is not seeking re-election — making it a takeover target for Democrats.
We wish her well in her campaign!