By Emily Harris
Democrat Guillermo Linares is running for reelection in Assembly District 72, after an unsuccessful bid to take retiring Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat in June.
He faces Carmen De La Rosa and George Fernandez in Tuesday’s primary.
Linares, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 1966, obtained his Ph.D. in education from Columbia University Teachers College and became a school teacher in Washington Heights.
After leaving education to pursue a career in politics, Linares became the first Dominican to hold a position in public office in New York City when he served in the New York City Council from 1992 to 2001. He later served as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in 2011-2012.
Linares was originally elected to Assembly in 2010, serving a single two-year term. He was elected again for the post in 2014.
Linares, 65, has a track record of supporting public schools and pushing for education reform District 72. Linares is specifically campaigning to increase the graduation rate.
He has raised $21,939 as of September, according to the state Board of Elections campaign finance unit.
Linares currently lives with his wife, Evelyn, in Marble Hill.
–Supports public schools
–Fights for immigrant rights
–Advocates for affordable housing initiatives
–Protects rights of and pushes for healthcare reform for the elderly