One of the most compelling primary races in New York is for a largely ceremonial position with a relatively low profile and few statutory duties: lieutenant governor.
The progressive-activist wing of the Democratic Party sees the race as one of its best chances to catapult one of its own into statewide office and potentially pry the bully pulpit. to counter Governor Kathy Hochul, a moderate Democrat who is also running in the primary on Tuesday.
Lieutenant Governor and Ms. Hochul’s hand-picked running mate Antonio Delgado faces a fiery challenge from Ana María Archila, a longtime activist and community organizer backed by the Working Families Party and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ms Archila is running alongside Jumaane Williams, the New York City public advocate, but Ms Hochul is heavily favored to win the gubernatorial primary, raising the possibility of a troublesome Democratic ticket if Ms Archila were to also emerge victorious.
“The first task will be to build a campaign that invites every New Yorker to be inspired and feel represented by our ticket,” Ms. Archila said Tuesday morning at Brooklyn Borough Hall, when asked about the prospects of sharing a ticket with Ms. .Hochul.
Ms Archila brushed aside concerns that her left-leaning credentials could come under vigorous Republican attack in a general election, potentially jeopardizing Democratic control in Albany.
Although she faces a difficult climb to oust Mr Delgado, she postulated that her candidacy offered the best opportunity to energize minority and immigrant communities, as well as young people, to run in November.
“That’s how we win,” Ms Archila said, speaking alongside Representative Nydia Velázquez, who backed her in the race. “That’s the kind of contribution I would make to that effort.”
Diana Reyna, a former Brooklyn councilwoman who is Rep. Thomas Suozzi’s running mate of Long Island, is also a candidate in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Jen Wip, 55, a downtown Brooklyn resident who works in the pharmaceutical industry, said on Tuesday she voted for Ms. Hochul and Ms. Archila because she ‘thought it was a better mix’ than choosing a pair of running mates.
“I don’t necessarily know if two women will have a good chance, you know, given our general climate in the country right now,” she said shortly after casting her vote.
“But I just felt like I got the best feeling from her and some of the specific things she said about race and inclusion,” she said of Ms Archila , who is Colombian-American.