Occupy Wall Street Candidate Will Run for State Assembly Seat

Written by City & State on . Posted in Politics.


Congressional candidate , an Occupy Wall Street hip hop artist who came in fourth in last week’s congressional primary won by Rep. , writes in “The Occupied Wall Street Journal” that another Occupy candidate is now seeking elected office in Brooklyn.

In a post yesterday, Martinez writes that , co-founder of the , will run for Assemblyman Hakeem ’ seat, which is set to be vacant after convincingly won his own congressional primary last Tuesday.

Martinez is himself is the other co-founder of the Global Block Foundation. According to its website, the group “harnesses the spirit of innovation, creativity and activism at the core of the Hip-Hop movement to empower youth and transform communities across the globe.”

Masharik will run under the banner of an Occupy-inspired electoral politics group called “,” according to Martinez. He also just registered a campaign committee to raise money for a run.

Also in the race for Jeffries’ open Assembly seat are district leader — who is expected to get the backing of Jeffries — and fellow district leader . The primary is in September.

Martinez only got three percent of the vote in his congressional race against Rep. Nydia Velazquez, but was the subject of a front-page story about his candidacy.

Update: There’s another candidate for the Assembly seat I neglected to mention: Martine Guerrier, the former ”Chief Family Engagement Officer” for the Department of Education.

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