Race Overview: City Council District 37
Also appearing on the General Election ballot:
Michael E. Freeman-Saulsberre (C)
In District 37, Rafael Espinal emerged from a crowded field with 46% of the vote
City Council District 37 covers parts of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, East New York, Ocean-Hill Brownsville, and Wyckoff Heights. Its current representative, Erik Dilan, is term-limited and as a result cannot run. The four candidates currently running to replace him are Kimberly Council, Rafael Espinal, Helal Sheikh, and Heriberto Mateo.
The candidates have platforms addressing very similar issues in their community. In a district that is facing considerable changes as a result of gentrification, housing and affordability have become major issues on each candidate’s platform. Espinal, Council, and Sheikh have also prioritized education and youth programs. Mateo has been largely unavailable.
Campaign finance has taken a prominent role in the dynamics of this particular race. Large Political Action Committees (PACs) have begun supporting Espinal’s candidacy with mailing campaigns, and a legal challenge by Espinal against one former candidate – Mike Nieves, appealing the signatures he collected to qualify for the ballot – exhausted the candidate’s funds and forced him to withdraw his candidacy. Council contrasted her fundraising as focused on smaller donations, stating that Espinal will now be beholden to the PAC that has helped him.
See the individual candidate pages above for more details on platforms!