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For immediate release: April 25, 2018
NEW YORK, 4/25/2018--Jia Lee, a New York City special education teacher of seventeen years, announced today that she will seek the Green Party nomination for Lt. Governor. She will make education the focal point of her campaign.
Lee, a public school parent, was the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) candidate for president of the United Federation of Teachers union in 2016. She has served as her school’s union chapter leader for over eight years. She has been active in NYC Opt Out and Change the Stakes, a grassroots coalition of parents, teachers and community members who are concerned with the destructive use of high-stakes standardized testing. In 2016, she testified before the U.S. H.E.L.P. Senate Committee on the re-authorization of E.S.E.A. (the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) on Testing and Accountability.
“As many of us have come to realize, teaching is a political activity now, more than ever. Public schools, our profession and our students are under attack by the state. As a public school special education teacher, the curriculum I am told to teach my fourth and fifth grade students, flies in direct contradiction with the realities we are living,” said Lee.
The Green Party will have a candidate for governor again. Howie Hawkins officially announced his campaign this year, after running in 2010 and 2014. And since the last campaign, Governor Cuomo has moved to the left, politically speaking, and his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, so far appears to be ever further to the left on many issues. But there are still plenty of issues where the Green Party's position is different. Joining us in studio to talk more about his campaign is Howie Hawkins.
A former UPS worker from Syracuse, Hawkins is the Green Party's pick for governor.
ALBANY - Howie Hawkins, whose 2014 run for governor cemented the Green Party on New York's political ballots, will run again this fall.
Hawkins, of Syracuse, launched his gubernatorial campaign Thursday near the state Capitol, vowing to push a liberal-leaning agenda in hopes of forcing other candidates to the left.
"Progressives need to raise our expectations and demand more," Hawkins said. "We are demanding a change to the system."
With the Green Party's support, Hawkins will be on the ballot this fall, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, hopes to seek a third term.
A frequent candidate for office, Hawkins picked up more than 180,000 votes in the 2014 election, vaulting the Green Party to the fourth line on New York ballots for the next for years. He ran in 2010, as well.
Each party's candidate for governor must get at least 50,000 votes in order for the party to keep an automatic position on New York ballots.
At his campaign kick-off Thursday, Hawkins called for a ban on new fossil-fuel infrastructure, passage of a bill that would create a single-payer health care system and a quicker shift to renewable energy.
Cuomo, meanwhile, is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. Republicans Marc Molinaro, John DeFrancisco and Joseph Holland are seeking their party's nomination.
Hawkins has run for governor two times before, in 2010 and 2014, being beaten by Governor Andrew Cuomo twice.
Hawkins says the Green positions have forced Cuomo to move toward their position on several issues including tuition-free college and the minimum wage.