By David Brand
The race for 2021 is on and candidates have already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund their campaigns. The only question are they all running for?
Monday marked the first filing deadline for the 2021 citywide elections and the public got a peak into campaign machinations for some of Queens’ most notable lawmakers.
According to the Campaign Finance Board, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz raised more than $417,550 from 323 donors between January 13, 2018 and July 12, 2018 — though she not has yet said what position she might run for.
“I have devoted my life to serving New York City, and I am proud of my record of delivering for Queens families,” Katz said in a statement. “With Trump in the White House and radical Republicans in Congress, our local leaders must stand up for our values, defend women’s rights, advocate for immigrants, and fight for our environment. We need strong, effective leaders who can produce results when it comes to our schools, our housing, and our transportation.”
When contacted by the Queens Daily Eagle, the borough president’s office did not indicate what office Katz will seek in 2021.
Former District 30 Council Member Elizabeth Crowley raised $100,086, according to the Campaign Finance Board. Crowley lost to current Council Member Bob Holden by fewer than 200 votes in November and has not yet declared the position she seeks.
During her tenure in the City Council, Crowley helped organize the 21 in 21 campaign, which aims to elect 21 women to the Council by 2021.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of dollars have flowed into the campaign accounts of various sitting Queens Council Members, even though none have officially declared the office they seek.
Council Member Rory Lancman raised $166,700, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer raised $146,339, Council Member Costa Constantinides raised $80,940, Council Member Paul Vallone raised $26,981
Of all lawmakers in New York City, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has raised the most money— $915,339 to be exact. Adams has not yet declared the office he seeks.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. has been upfront about the office he seeks, however. Diaz, Jr. has raised $558,005 in his quest to become New York City’s first Latino mayor.