Bronx redistricting sets up hotly contested primary
Two candidates in the 33rd Senate district will square off in the Democratic primary election this August.
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera was faced with a tough decision after redistricting left him with two choices – either run for reelection in a district that only included part of his old one, or not run for re-election at all.
“A lot of my neighbors… I’ve had to tell them I’m no longer gonna represent you,” said Rivera, “and that definitely makes me feel sad.”
Rivera chose to run in District 33, and while some of the Bronx residents in that district have heard of him, they’ve never voted for him.
His opponent, Miguelina Camilo, is a community Lawyer who originally planned to run for Sen. Alessandra Biaggi’s open seat. She also had to change directions after redistricting.
“To me, this was my time to run and I still feel that way,” says Camilo, “with all the changes, it’s only just motivated me more.”
Camilo says she became a lawyer to advocate for people in her community, which she says she wants to continue in Albany.
Early endorsements have spotlighted this race, with teacher and health care unions backing Rivers, and the Bronx Democratic Party supporting Camilo.
See our full interviews with the two candidates here: