Velazquez endorses Gutierrez for City Council

Jennifer Gutierrez, center, is running for City Council to represent Bushwick and Williamsburg.

A City Council candidate in north Brooklyn has earned the support of “La Luchadora.”

Jennifer Gutierrez, who is running for City Council to represent Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood, is currently the chief of staff for Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who is term-limited and running for Brooklyn borough president himself.

She was endorsed was Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who has represented the area for decades and is a political power broker in New York City politics.

“Jennifer has been a strong ally for me in North Brooklyn for many years,” Velazquez said. “I know that I can trust Jennifer to fight hard for her community and deliver important progressive victories in the years to come.”

The endorsement comes as no surprise. Velazquez has long been a champion of the progressive wing of the local Democratic Party, and counts Reynoso among her many allies.

The race to replace Reynoso only has three candidates so far: Gutierrez, Sean Esrafily and Terrell Finner. Gutierrez is shaping up to the leader of the pack.

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