Amanda Septimo, a Democrat running for Assembly in the 84th District, has challenged her opponent, Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, to a series of three debates across the South Bronx.
"Debates are important opportunities for voters to hear directly from their candidates on the issues that matter most to them. It's time for change in Albany, and we need more effective leadership to deliver on issues like affordable housing, better schools, and safer communities. I am proud of my record in our community, and I look forward to sharing my experience with voters," said Septimo.
Septimo is pledging to work with Assemblywoman Arroyo's campaign to organize the debates at agreed upon locations and dates. She is advocating for each debate to take place in a different neighborhood in the district and to cover a variety of topics.
"Voters need to know that their voices are being heard and that leaders are truly listening to their concerns. I have dedicated my career to bettering the lives of people in my community, and I am ready to bring my experience and drive to the Assembly," said Septimo.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Septimo has been involved in community activism since she was teenager as a member of A.C.T.I.O.N., THE POINT Community Development Corporation's teen activism platform. She has worked with the Legal Aid Society, with a specific focus on cases involving domestic violence and Spanish-speaking immigrants. She also worked as the District Director for Congressman José E. Serrano, making her one of the youngest-serving senior staffers in Congress. Most recently, Amanda worked to help working and middle-class families by fighting for stronger worker protections with the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators.