Assemblyman Guillermo Linares Jumps Into NY-13 Race

Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, the first Dominican-born person to be elected to office in the United States, is about to launch a bid for the 13th Congressional District being vacated by Rep. Charles Rangel in 2016.

A source close to Linares tells City & State that he has scheduled a fundraiser for later in the month. His move shakes up the already crowded field of candidates that includes Assemblyman Keith Wright, state Sen. Bill Perkins, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Clyde Williams and Suzan Johnson Cook.

It also is particularly troubling for fellow Dominican lawmaker state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who has yet to make a decision about entering the race. Espaillat lost in Democratic primaries to Rangel in the last two elections. 

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