By Tom Piccolo
Jon Girodes is hoping the third time is the charm for his bid to represent heavily Democratic Harlem in the statehouse.
Girodes, 39, is running as a Republican for State Senate in Manhattan’s 30th District, where he will square off against incumbent Bill Perkins in November for the second time in two years.
In 2014, Girodes came up short, garnering 4.6 percent of the vote to Perkins’ 87 percent. In 2010, prior to 2012 redistricting, he ran for State Senator of District 28 against incumbent Jose Serrano. He won 7 percent of the vote, compared to Serrano’s 91 percent.
Girodes and his two brothers were raised by their single mother in East Harlem. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2000 with a finance/economics degree. Since 2007, he has worked as the founder and CEO of Girodes Incorporated, a tax accounting firm that also provides credit and debt counseling services.
Girodes has raised $0 for his campaign, according to the state Board of Elections. He also has a GoFundMe page that has no contributions.
“They call me Trump Junior,” says Girodes, referring to his candid, “meat-and-potatoes” personality.
- Will cut down on long-term government assistance programs to promote financial independence
- Will work to improve air quality and water potability
- Strongly supports charter schools
- Pledges to “provide fair and even distribution of affordable housing to those in need”
- Will improve roads by filling potholes