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Elisa Crespo Gains Major Endorsements for City Council
Progressive Council Leaders Rosenthal, Van Bramer join LGBTQ Victory Fund, local leaders in supporting Crespo
Elisa Crespo, Democratic candidate in the 15th Council District, today is announcing major endorsements for her campaign, including City Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Jimmy Van Bramer; District Leaders Melissa Sklarz, John Blasco, and Samuel Nemir Olivares; the LGBTQ Victory Fund; and Northwest Bronx Democrats. Crespo was the only candidate running for election in 2021 included in this round of endorsements from the LGBTQ Victory Fund.
"The Bronx is facing difficult challenges, but we are resilient. With strong leadership, we'll create good-paying jobs and a dignified wage; ensure a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; fund a quality education system; support our families, seniors, and small businesses; modernize our transit infrastructure; cancel rent; and deliver new affordable housing. I am ready to deliver for the community that has given me so much," said Crespo.
"I am proud to endorse Elisa Crespo for the 15th Council District. More than any other candidate, Elisa Crespo has been fighting for income inequality, jobs, and education, and is a bold leader standing against racial and gender injustice. Elisa has a plan and is the most qualified candidate to implement these changes once elected to the City Council," said New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Chair of the Committee on Woman and Gender Equity.
"I'm proud to support Elisa Crespo for City Council because I know she will represent her district with passion, grit and conviction. Elisa is a trailblazer whose life story demonstrates her inner strength. We need more activists with the courage to fight for working people and lift up those who need a champion. Elisa is and will be that champion," said New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.
"I met Elisa Crespo as part of the Bronx Borough President's staff as part of the LGBT Policy Advisory team. In a short amount of time, I discovered her intelligence, passion, and vision for our community, for the Bronx and for New York. Elisa Crespo is the leader we need in the City Council and the 15th District and I am so proud to support her candidacy," said District Leader Melissa Sklarz.
"I am proud to endorse Elisa Crespo for City Council. During this difficult time of COVID19 I've seen Elisa step up to protect her community and engage with leaders around the city to make sure her district has the resources they need. We need a fighter for District 15 and Elisa embodies just that!" said District Leader John Blasco.
"When elected in the Bronx, Elisa Crespo will become the first transgender person in the City Council and to hold a legislative office in the state of New York. This historic advancement will cause ripple effects throughout the country confirming that LGBTQ and transgender candidates are as qualified and talented. I'm excited about Elisa's campaign - she's pushing a transformative and creative vision that includes a municipal jobs guarantee program for low-income people and vulnerable populations, and fighting for housing and environmental justice. Her personal life experiences - going through economic hardship, discrimination, sex work, family issues, and being a working-class New Yorker - Elisa understands the struggles and opportunities needed of everyday New Yorkers. She's smart, eloquent, and shares an electric and contagious energy that will inspire many in the fight for social justice," said District Leader Samuel Nemir Olivares.
"We're proud to endorse Elisa Crespo, who is running to represent the 15th District in the Bronx on the New York City Council. Elisa is a trailblazing, trans Latina whose historic run is significant for the LGBTQ community. Elisa is poised to be the first trans voice on the New York City Council from the Bronx. Her allyship and solidarity with the LGBTQ movement will deliver unprecedented representation in local politics," said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund.
"Elisa possesses a unique sense of justice, bravery, and inclusion that will be a refreshing change to Bronx Politics. We're proud to support her and her historic campaign for City Council," said Anthony Rivieccio and Sheila Sanchez of Northwest Bronx Democrats.
Born and raised in New York City, Crespo has called the Bronx her home for the last 10 years. A product of NYC public schools, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Crespo currently serves as the Education Liaison at the Bronx Borough President's office, making her the first openly transgender woman of color to work for a borough-wide office in the Bronx. In her role at the Borough President's office, Crespo has helped countless families navigate the bureaucracy that is NYC's Education system. As a working-class latina, the product of public housing, public transportation, public healthcare, and public schools, Crespo is committed to addressing inequities in our city. For more information about Crespo and her campaign, visit https://www.elisacrespo.