Tish James, the former Public Advocate for New York City, will be moving into her new role as the NY State Attorney General in a couple of weeks, which will leave the Public Advocate seat open for a number of candidates who are trying to fill it. The election will take place some time in February, 2019.
In late November, Brooklyn Assemblywoman LatriceWalker announced that she is running for the seat, and Walker believes she’s the best person for the position. In an interview on NY1, Walker stated, “I’ve defended numerous residents facing eviciton throughout New York City, and I’ve defended people who were before the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system. The Public Advocate’s office is about advocating, agitating, litigating, and legislating, and I have done all of those things throughout my career. ” Walker also stated, “justice, fairness and equity are the values that guide me as a mother, as a community leader and as an Assemblywoman, and they are the values that will shape my service and vision as New York City’s next public advocate”.
The other notable candidates running for the seat include City Council Member Jumaane Williams, City Council Member Rafael Espinal, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblymember Michael Blake and City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.
Below is Latrice Walker’s bio from her NY State Assembly page.