August 26, 2019 

Statement on local electoral endorsements from NYC-DSA co-chairs, Chi Anunwa and Bianca Cunningham

NYC-DSA is a democratic, grassroots, socialist organization whose members have proven over the last two years that our vision and commitment for radical social change can transform politics at the local, state, and national levels. In March 2019, DSA endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. NYC-DSA has not yet made any other endorsements for the 2020 Federal and State elections or the 2021 City election.

Over the last two years we are proud to have endorsed working class candidates of color at every level of office that support our vision for a New York that is free of exploitation. Our members are fighting for universal rent control, health care for everyone, dignity in the workplace, transition to 100% renewable energy, and an end to mass incarceration. The candidates that we have endorsed have demonstrated both a deep commitment to these issues and to the communities in which they have sought office.

Our members are beginning to consider candidates for the 2020 Federal/State cycle and have stated their intention to support a socialist slate for City Council in 2021. Our democratic, participatory process includes multiple rounds of voting, beginning with an advisory vote by our electoral working group. For the 2020 election cycle, this initial advisory vote will happen in September 2019 at the earliest, and a final endorsement vote by our Citywide Leadership Committee that will happen no sooner than September 29th, 2019.

Many candidates who are DSA members or identify as Democratic Socialists have run for office in the past without securing our endorsement and many may continue to do so. At this time, NYC-DSA has not made any local endorsements for the 2020 or 2021 election cycles and any press reports to the contrary are mistaken. 

If you are a member of the press seeking clarification on this or anything else regarding our endorsement process, please reach out to press@socialists.nyc and we will make sure to answer your question in a timely fashion.