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A people first vision for District 30.

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Meet juan

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Juan is a lifelong queens resident with a heart and soul for public service.

As a first-generation American and New Yorker, the son of a Colombian father and Honduran-Cuban mother, Juan understands the hardships of working-class families in this city. Now, he’s running for City Council to improve their quality of life, the way his parents and community did for him, by reforming the City’s public education system, advocacy for senior citizens, and housing policies.

Juan’s journey to public service started when the system failed him and his family. When Juan was 17, his mother, Lesly, was unjustly denied her residency and nearly deported. A few years later, Juan’s grandmother, aunt, and young cousin faced persecution from gang violence in Honduras. Rather than lose hope, Juan resolved to channel the fear and trauma of almost losing his mother to deportation and his family to gang violence into a career of public service. That’s why Juan is committed to protecting other families and vulnerable communities so that no one has to face the fear he endured.

 

Juan is no stranger to City Council, having worked as the Office Manager for City Councilman Brad Lander for 2 years. Juan spent the next two years learning about the policy making process, how city government functions, and how to serve constituents. Juan then worked at the International Rescue Committee, providing at-risk communities the services his family had been denied.

one of juan's proudest achievements is helping institute one of the most successful public education programs in nyc's history.

As a consultant at the NYC Department of Education, Juan supported the expansion of universal pre-K and the historic 3-K for All program, working to ensure that New York City’s
youngest learners had access to free high-quality education.

 

In particular, Juan focused on the expansion of pre-K Dual Language programs to promote bilingualism throughout the city and serve children and families who speak languages besides English at home. That’s because education, especially early childhood education, is vital for setting up children for success and addressing socioeconomic inequality at its roots.

From the conference rooms of City Hall to the streets of Maspeth, Juan has dedicated himself to connecting people with the help and services they need. Right now, Juan works at a legal service nonprofit to guarantee that New Yorkers, such as seniors, have access to the legal representation they deserve for every issue that matters, from housing, to employment, to disability, or benefits.

Juan earned his B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University, and his master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis from NYU. Before that, Juan graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood.

Juan is the first Latino to run for this Council District. In his spare time Juan loves dancing (salsa, merengue, and bachata), playing pool with friends, and is a die-hard supporter of Chelsea F.C.

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Endorsements

queens borough president

donovan richards

Public advocate

jumaane williams

State Senator

Jessica Ramos

State Senator

Michael Gianaris

assembly member

catalina cruz

assembly member
Ron Kim

New york

working families party

RWDSU

DC 37

32BJ SEIU

1199 SEIU

CWA District 1

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New york state

nurses association

Tenantspac

united auto workers

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Hotel trades council

Professional staff congress / CUNY

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Make the road action

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Community voices heard

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Lesbian & gay democratic club of queens

Council member

antonio reynoso

District leader

mufazzal Hossain

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open ny

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AOC's Courage to
change PAC

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Council member

Costa constantinides

Stonewall Democrats of nyc

Council member

brad lander

Council member

jimmy van bramer

Zephyr Teachout

District leader

emilia decaudin

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American Institute

of Architects

Churches United

for fair housing

QUEENS UNITED

INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVES (QUIP)

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RUn for something

new york progressive action network (NYPAN)

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Streets pac

New York League of Conservation Voters

National Alliance of social workers NYC

The met council

District 30 includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and woodside.

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The maximum contribution for this race is $1,000. If a contributor has business dealings with the City as defined in the Campaign Finance Act, such contributor may contribute only up to $250 for city council. We can only accept contributions from individuals. Contributions from corporations, LLCs, etc. are not allowed. We are also refusing all contributions from individuals connected to real estate and development.

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