Primary Election Update

Sep 16, 2009

During yesterday’s New York City Democratic primary election, many of the Freelancers Union slate of candidates were elected, ensuring that we have freelancer allies in each of the five boroughs. This was the first year that Freelancers Union endorsed candidates in any election, and we’re proud that, together, our first time coming out as a political force was highly successful. Notable candidates that we put our strength behind (with volunteers, phone calls, door-knocking, etc.) were Jimmy Van Bramer from the 26th District, in Queens, and Brad Lander from the 39th District, in Brooklyn, who both won their elections for City Council seats. As anticipated, two of the most heated races, Comptroller and Public Advocate, will have to be decided in a run-off election on September 29, as no candidate achieved 40% of the needed votes to win. Both of Freelancers Union’s endorsed candidates, David Yassky for Comptroller and Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate, successfully made it to the run-offs. Voter turnout at yesterday’s primary was at a historic low, and it is apparent that every vote for the September 29 run-off election really will make a difference.