STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — August 1, 2009. On Saturday, the Staten Island Democratic Association (SIDA) held a fundraiser for Debi Rose. Rose is a candidate for the New York City Council, District 49. She is challenging machine Democrat Ken Mitchell in a September 15th primary election. In the special election to fill the council seat vacated by Congressman Michael McMahon (D-NY), held last February, Mitchell beat Rose by a couple of hundred votes. Mitchell was McMahon’s chief of staff prior to the former councilman being elected to the Congress and was widely perceived as the front-runner. Rose’s good showing has supporters believing she can unseat the incumbent in the upcoming primary.
With 28 years experience as a community organizer and as a member of Community Board 1, Rose is popular with Island progressives. She has picked up the endorsements of the Staten Island Democratic Association – Staten Island’s most progressive Democratic club, Naral New York, CSEA Local 1000, UAW Region 9A, DC37 and DC37 Local 1701, and the New York Working Families Party.
Mitchell’s mentor, Mike McMahon, has been in the local news recently too. On Saturday, August 15, MoveOn supporters will gather outside Congressman McMahon’s Staten Island Office at 265 New Dorp Lane at 1 p.m. Their demands? McMahon is undecided about supporting President Barack Obama’s health care plan. MoveOn is demanding that he “Support a REAL Public Option in the Healthcare Reform Bill.”
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