If it seems like city council elections were just two years ago, they were. Now, they’re happening again and a wave of somewhat new city council members will now have to convince voters to re-elect them again because of a quirk in the city’s charter that cut their latest terms in half. Those politicians include Jennifer Gutiérrez, the longtime chief of staff for former Bushwick city councilman Antonio Reynoso, and who won a mildly divisive primary in 2021.

So far, according to the campaign finance rolls, she’s only facing competition from Paperboy Prince, who has previously made unsuccessful runs for Congress and then for the Mayor’s office. Nonetheless, Gutiérrez has been keeping busy in her re-election campaign, which kicked off in February, with endorsements from progressive political factions like the New York Working Families Party and the climate advocacy group, Sunrise NYC. 

Now, she’s getting endorsed by a handful of labor unions, according to a press release from her campaign. 

“She’s doing the work,” reads a press release quoting Bhav Tibrewal, a political director at one those unions, the New York Hotel Trades Council, a wing of the AFL-CIO that represents nearly 40,000 people who work for hotels and casinos in New York and New Jersey. In a similar vein, Gutiérrez also announced the support of the Committee of Interns and Residents, which represents another 27,000 people who work in the industry. 

The councilmember also netted a supporting statement from Michael Mulgrew, the long-running president of the United Federation of Teachers, according to the release. 

“Gutiérrez knows the essential role of public education in our communities and is committed to strengthening our schools – like expanding daycare. We look forward to continuing this great work upon her re-election,” read the line from Mulgrew, citing her support, back in March, for a bill in city council that would expand preschool programs.

The primary is on June 27, 2023. Find a nearby polling location here

Images taken by John McCarten for the NYC Council Media Unit.

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