Massive support for Mark Gjonaj locks his name in the Democratic primary ballot

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and his family stand by as his son, Nicholas, adds his signature to the stack of designating petitions.
(L-R) Roza Gjonaj, Joseph Gjonaj (16), Nicholas Gjonaj (18), Assemblyman Gjonaj, Roberta Gjonaj.

The Board of Elections needs only 450 voter signatures to add a candidate in the Democratic Party primary ballot for the New York City Council race.
Mark Gjonaj presented today an army of 5,500 names after a formidable petition initiative which turned into an unprecedented show of force in the 13th District.
A lot of credit goes to his tireless dynamic staff, enthusiastic supporters, and to the ubiquitous candidate himself.
“The most important endorsement a candidate can receive is that of his neighbors”, Gjonaj said in his statement. “I am incredibly grateful to the dozens of volunteers who tirelessly knocked on doors and attended events to collect these signatures; without their hard work and dedication this would not have been possible”.
The race is far from over however. This support will matter much more when these people and others like them turn out to vote on September 12th for the greatest challenge of the race.
The first Albanian-American in the State Assembly would be a great addition to the City Council of New York. He would be replacing in this seat James Vacca, who retires due to terms limit.
“The summer is just beginning and I look forward to continuing to meet with residents of District 13 to hear more about the issues that matter most to them”, Gjonaj said today. (r.a.)


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