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Race Overview: City Council District 3

Also appearing on the General Election ballot:
Richard E. Stewart (Republican)


Post-Primary Update


In District 3, Corey Johnson defeated Yetta Kurland, 63% to 37%



Race Overview


The race to replace Speaker Christine Quinn as the District 3 City Council Member from Manhattan’s west side is one of the most competitive of the 2013 cycle. The two candidates, Corey Johnson and Yetta Kurland are both long-time community activists with many supporters in the district and strong fundraising totals to date. A third candidate, Alexander Meadows, dropped out on July 11th and endorsed Johnson. There are rumors that Andrew Berman will join and further crowd the race, which is taking place in one of the city’s most politically-minded and progressive communities. One key issue identified by all of the candidates in this race is the district’s need for a new hospital in lieu of the 2010 closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital.  Both candidates are also environmentally minded and oppose the Spectra Gas pipeline. The current District 3 council member, Ms. Quinn, and both of the registered candidates are openly gay, which, along with the large gay population in the district, has made LGBTQ issues a focus. Meanwhile, both candidates are also focused on affordability and education, two major issues all over the city.


Kurland ran against Quinn in 2009, challenging her in the Democratic primary. This experience and the name recognition that comes with it could be extremely beneficial for her as she seeks to win the seat this time around. Meanwhile, Johnson also has strong ties to the District 3 community and he has compiled a strong list of endorsements, as has Kurland.  This is likely to be one of the closest races throughout the city in the 2013 cycle. Stay tuned!


Here is a video overview of the district, a taped debate between the two candidates, and video of each candidate introducing her/himself via Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s “Race 2 Represent” series





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Decision Time: Yetta Kurland talks with

by Oliver Kammerman   In 2009, attorney, radio-host, and activist Yetta Kurland (pictured) challenged sitting Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary for the district three city council seat. While she earned over 30% of the vote, Kurland lost. Quinn went on to hold her seat on the council for a third term, which she is completing as she runs to be the city’s next-

Decision Time: Corey Johnson Talks with

by Oliver Kammerman   As City Council Speaker Christine Quinn jockeys to become the Democratic nominee for mayor of the City of New York, the race to fill her current position as Council Member from District 3 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting ones of the 2013 election cycle. The next representative of the district, which spans much of Manhattan’s west side, will be either Yetta-

CD3 Debate Shows Similarities, Differences

by Mikhail Relushchin   On Thursday, a city council district 3 candidate forum was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the West Village and sponsored by FIERCE, an advocacy group for LGBT youth. Attendees came to hear from Democrats Corey Johnson and Yetta Kurland, the two candidates seeking Speaker Christine Quinn’s soon-to-be-vacant seat on the council.   The forum started out congenially-

CD3 Again: Agreement on Policy, Debate Over Character

Candidates Corey Johnson and Yetta Kurland compete to replace Christine Quinn   by Mikhail Relushchin & Lauralea Drummond   With about two hundred people lined up Monday evening outside of Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea, one would think it was opening night of a new Harry Potter or Twilight film. But, the theater crowd was actually there for politics: the city council district 3 democratic candidate-

CD3: Christine Quinn Out, Corey Johnson In

by Mikhail Relushchin   After months of lively campaigning, debating, and mudslinging, the battle to win the District 3 City Council seat currently held by Speaker Christine Quinn is all but over. With a resounding, and to many, surprisingly high 63% of the vote, Corey Johnson defeated Yetta Kurland in the Democratic primary. Johnson is certain to win November’s general election as District 3, nestled-