Two Dominican Women Seek State Legislature Posts

Dominican candidates Marisol Alcantara (r.) and Carmen de la Rosa (m.) are presented by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Dominican candidates Carmen De La Rosa (middle) and Marisol Alcantara (second from right) are presented by State Assembly member Adriano Espaillat (left) and Council member Ydanis Rodriguez (right) in Manhattan. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

On Sept. 13, 2016, elections will be held for the New York State Legislature and Marisol Alcantara and Carmen De La Rosa, two Dominican activists, have already started their campaigns to win a seat in the Senate for District 31 and one in the Assembly for District 72, respectively.

The Dominican women announced yesterday that they will battle for those two seats and were honored after receiving the support of current state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who is one step away from succeeding Charles Rangel in Congress.

“They represent a new, inclusive, and dynamic future in the politics of Upper Manhattan,” said Espaillat, recognizing the importance of bringing two women to Albany. “I am proud to support two talented and terrific female leaders for these senior positions this year, when the Democratic Party has nominated a woman, Hillary Clinton, as a candidate for the presidency of the United States.”

Alcantara, who has also been a union organizer for more than 20 years, said that if she she gets the seat that Espaillat leaves behind in the legislature, she will work hard so that immigrants and women have a decent life.

“I want to be a champion for the rights of immigrants and women, so that they can decide what to do with their bodies. So that documented and undocumented immigrants can have the life they deserve,” she said. “As an immigrant and a women, I am used to fighting…We came to this country without knowing English. I know this district and have a good team and we are willing to leave the soles of our shoes in the streets to win.”

The candidate for State Senate also referred to Donald Trump’s ongoing campaign of hatred and division, and called upon voters to defeat him in the polls.

“We have to be very careful with Trump. When he started out, everyone was saying he was crazy and that we shouldn’t pay attention to him, but that was how Hitler rose in Germany and killed over 6 million Jews. So we have to take him seriously,” Alcantara emphasized.

Meanwhile, De La Rosa, who worked in the State Assembly with Daniel O’Donnell and currently works with Council member Ydanis Rodríguez, said by knowing the needs of the people firsthand, she can find more effective solutions in the Assembly.

“I want to go to Albany and be a present representative of my community, because I am a product of this community. I have lived in the same place for 30 years and I know what the needs of my people are. I want to fight for better schools, affordable housing, and gender equality.”

Council member Ydanis Rodríguez also expressed his support for the candidates, who he described as two capable women who know their community well.

“They are two fighters who I support because they are progressive voices in this city. With Espaillat in Congress, Marisol in the Senate, Carmen in the Assembly, and me in the City Council, we are going to keep fighting for immigrant rights to be respected and for the 28 percent of the Latino population that we are in this city to be translated into the power that we have,” concluded the council member.

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