Check out the latest news on Jesse and her campaign for District Leader in Assembly District 52.
JESSE, KRISTINA, AND SAMY ENDORSE EACH OTHER FOR DISTRICT LEADER
“Three Brooklyn organizers and first-time political candidates — Kristina Naplatarski, Samy Nemir Olivares, and Jesse Pierce — are endorsing each other for District Leader.“
“THE CAMPAIGN HALTS PETITIONING AMID COVID-19”
In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending in-person petitioning for Jesse’s campaign for District Leader. Collecting signatures and meeting face-to-face isn’t safe right now, and we’re going to continue to heed the guidance of officials to protect our neighbors and community in this time of uncertainty. We’ve made a pact with the other candidate in our race not to challenge each other’s signatures, and we hope candidates in other races can do the same.
The safety of everyone in Assembly District 52 is our priority. Petitioning is burdensome as it is: candidates need resources to collect hundreds of signatures to get on the ballot and signatures can be frequently disqualified on technicalities. It’s easy for incumbents and those with resources to get the signatures they need, while those without political connections or access to election lawyers can struggle to break through. Small campaigns like ours have to work within this system to earn the power to transform it.
This doesn’t mean the campaign is over–far from it. In times of crisis like this one, it’s crucial that we keep eyes on our democracy: we see even more clearly how those in power wield immense authority to make wide-ranging decisions that impact our elections, our health systems, and our daily lives. In the coming days, we’ll be thinking through how to continue to engage with you in a way that keeps everyone safe. The election is still slated for June 23, and we’ll continue working every day to make the Brooklyn Democratic Party work for us and our neighbors.
Keep an eye here and on Jesse’s website for more updates as we have them and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your thoughts or questions.
“JESSE, KRISTINA, AND SAMY ENDORSE EACH OTHER FOR DISTRICT LEADER”
March 2, Brooklyn — Three Brooklyn organizers and first-time political candidates — Kristina Naplatarski, Samy Nemir Olivares, and Jesse Pierce — are endorsing each other for District Leader. As their assembly districts’ representatives to the local Democratic Party, District Leaders shape Party rules. All three candidates are running to build a more inclusive, transparent, and accessible Party from the ground up.
Kristina Naplatarski is running for District Leader in Assembly District 50 (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill) to collaborate with residents in her district and create a more engaging, accountable Democratic Party in Brooklyn. A lifelong Greenpoint resident working for Council Member Antonio Reynoso, she has fought to protect industrial jobs in her district and push for more sustainable planning and development practices across the city. Kristina will channel this history of public service and community engagement as District Leader, working toward a more collaborative, transparent Democratic Party that prioritizes local communities and fights for environmental and economic justice.
Samy Nemir Olivares is running for District Leader in Assembly District 53 (Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick) to champion community, equity, reform, and justice in our neighborhoods. Through his service on local school and community boards and his work with the Center for Popular Democracy in Bushwick, Samy has advocated for fair wages, supported youth-led campaigns for more school counselors, and promoted safe conditions for refugees in Brooklyn. Samy believes that we should know where our leaders stand and that our Party should advocate for bold and creative ideas. As District Leader, Samy will ensure that his community’s voices are heard and promote inclusivity and justice in our local Party.
Jesse Pierce is running for District Leader in Assembly District 52 (including Boerum Hill, Dumbo, Gowanus, and Park Slope), marking the first time in 10 years that her district has had a race for the position. Jesse has fought to transform the Party and support local communities as a leader in the #RepYourBlock campaign to help Brooklynites run for and win seats on the Democratic County Committee. She is running for District Leader to fight for transparency and inclusivity in the Party, work to end corruption and patronage in local politics, and help create a Party leadership that reflects Brooklyn by making it more accessible to working families, women and nonbinary people, young people, and communities of color.
All three candidates are united in their mission to empower their neighbors and local communities and amplify the voices of everyday Brooklynites in the political process.
In the Democratic Primary on June 23, voters in the 50th, 53rd, and 52nd assembly districts will have the choice to elect Kristina, Samy, and Jesse – three first-time candidates working to engage Brooklyn communities and transform the Democratic Party.
The three campaigns will come together for a cross-endorsement fundraiser on April 4. Details to come.