Daniel was endorsed today by the organization Demand Universal Healthcare, along with a number of Green, independent, and Bernie Sanders endorsed candidates. Our thanks to them for recognizing the commitment by Daniel and all Green candidates to the fight for a single payer, “Medicare-For-All” healthcare system. Healthcare is a fundamental human right.
Click here to visit their website and view the entire candidates list.
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Daniel will be one of the candidates participating in the NY Congressional District 13 & The Environment Forum presented by WEACT and the NY League of Conservation Voters on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Manhattan Pentecostal Church, 541 West 125th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The forum will begin at 6 pm.
This is a victory of sorts for Daniel and the Green Party. GP candidates are generally not invited to events such as this because of the arbitrary requirements that organizers set, such as attaining a certain percentage in the polls, or having raised a minimum amount of campaign funding. In fact, when Daniel inquired about being included, he was told that he didn’t qualify because his campaign hadn’t filed with the Federal Elections Commission (which only becomes necessary when $5,000.00 has been raised) and so wasn’t considered a “serious” candidate. Daniel explained that he had submitted petitions with the NYC Board of Elections and would be on the November ballot. Tom Siracuse of the Manhattan Green Party Local contacted the BOE on Daniel’s behalf and the BOE provided proof that Daniel had filed. The organizers reversed their decision and Daniel has been included.
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP at http://www.weact.org/congressional_district_13_the_environment_forum
Daniel Vila (l) and Hank Bardel (r) getting ready to file their petitions as candidates for US Congress with the NYC Board of Elections on April 14th.
Daniel Vila will be on the ballot in November as the Green Party candidate for US Congress for District 13 in NY, covering Harlem and upper Manhattan, and parts of the West Bronx. His designating petition, along with that of District 11 candidate, Hank Bardel, was filed with the NYC Board of Elections on April 14th.
The petition was not challenged as of the April 18th deadline and, without a primary contender, Daniel’s name will appear on the Election Day ballot.
Daniel, a long time community and union activist, will pick up his campaign where he left off in 2014, after receiving 12% of the vote in his challenge to Representative Charles Rangel, who will be retiring from Congress this year.
The New York State Board of Elections certified the 2014 General Election results on December 15th. Daniel received a total of 9,806 votes – 8,433 votes out of 64,479 cast in New York County, where the bulk of CD13 is located, and 1,373 votes out of 13,874 cast in the Bronx County portion. This represents 11.8% of the total votes cast in CD13, one of the highest percentages a Green Party candidate has ever received in NYC . He came in well ahead of the Working Families Party votes – the line held by Charles Rangel – in both portions of the district.
Howie Hawkins was out on the campaign trail with Daniel Vila in Harlem today. Photos courtesy of James Lane