City & State reported this morning the news that Assemblyman Guillermo Linares will join the race for the Congressional seat in the 13th New York district.
Assemblyman Guillermo Linares will be a candidate for New York City’s 13th Congressional District, the seat being vacated by Rep. Charles Rangel, according to a source who is very close to the state lawmaker.
Linares’ decision is of particular interest because he has beat a fellow Dominican lawmaker, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, to the punch. Espaillat has yet to decide if he will run for the seat for a third consecutive time. He lost to Rangel in the last two elections in close races in which he was bolstered by a large voter turnout from the Dominican community.
The entry of Linares is not entirely unexpected as the same writer predicted earlier that both he and Bill Perkins might enter the race and when Perkins entered, it seemed entirely plausible that Linares would join. That being said, it complicates the chances for the previous favorite, Senator Espaillat.
It turns out that Senator Espaillat appears ready to join the race as he sent out a letter to supporters with “Big News” as the subject line, which announced he is running for Congress.
Neither of the two have filed New Statements of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission as of yet and it is still possible that more candidates emerge but for now the candidates are: Adam Clayton Powell IV, Adriano Espaillat, Bill Perkins, Clyde Williams, Guillermo Linares, Keith Wright, myself, and Suzan Johnson Cook.