Democrat George Alvarez Set To Jump Into Council Race

A reliable source says that a new player — George Alvarez, a Dominican American — is entering the race to replace CM Arroyo in Bronx Council District 17. Last year, Alvarez ran for public office as an insurgent candidate in the 79th Assembly District. While he didn’t fare well as eventual winner Michael Blake, Alvarez showed that he could raise money and get his message out.

George Alvarez-FacebookDuring his Assembly run, Mr. Alvarez posted on Facebook a fiery spoken word endorsement performed by Joseph Ball. The video ended with “viva this, viva that” and finally “Viva George Alvarez!”

During that race, Alvarez launched an one-minute online Spanish-language campaign ad that was slated for Spanish-language television.

Other people who have expressed interest in the 17th District council seat include Arroyo’s chief of staff Joann Otero, activist and businessman Julio Pabón, Rafael Salamance, Jr., district manager at Bronx Community Board 2, Rep. Jose Serrano staffer Amanda Septimo, pastor and businessman Rev. J. Loren Russell, Human Resources Administration Director of Business Development Anthony Sanchez, and  1199SEIU political projects director Helen Hines-Foreman. All but Mr. Alvarez and Ms. Hines-Foreman have registered with the NYC Campaign Finance Board and the NYS Board of Elections.

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