I almost never do this but I’d like you to help me raise some money for a local candidate. I live in New York’s 55th Senate District which has a 41-28 Democratic registration advantage, but has been represented by a Republican since 2014 (awful year for Democrats, if you remember). This year, the incumbent is retiring, so it’s an open seat and a great pick-up opportunity. I just got a call from the Democratic nominee (I used to be pretty involved in local politics and am still on a lot of lists), Samra Brouk, and I was very impressed with her. You can see her website here. There aren’t many candidates like her around here…I was going to explain this but I can’t without turning this into a podcast.
The truth is, this race is a slam dunk if Samra raises enough money. She’s running against a self-funder.
Update: Thanks everybody! The rationale for caring about this race is a good deal stronger than I originally though. Dems are nearing veto-proof majorities in both houses in NY and with members who are way to the left of Andrew Cuomo.