A Message For SoHo

A current view of the state of local politics in SoHo. From the SoHo Alliance comes the opinion of Director Sean Sweeney:

SoHo Alliance is non-partisan. That is why our members are supporting Christopher Marte for City Council on the Independence Party line this Tuesday, November 7.  
In the September Democratic primary election, 54% of Democratic voters soundly rejected Margret Chin.  She received just 48% of the Democratic vote, with Marte coming in a close second at 46% – a mere 222 vote difference out of 11,000 cast.  Two other anti-Chin candidates drained the remaining 10% anti-Chin vote.
But fate was with us.  On the Independence Party line, Chin received five write-in votes but Marte received six!  This stroke of fortune secured Marte a ballot line in the Tuesday election.  It also gives us a second chance to vote Chin out and to vote in this fresh, energetic and unbought candidate.  
So ANY voter, regardless of party registration, can vote for Christopher Marte on Tuesday.  If Democrats or Republican partisans feel uncomfortable about voting on a third-party line, they can always write in Marte's name on the blank line.
Both local Reform political clubs, the Downtown Independent Democrats and the Village Reform Democrats, have endorsed Marte, since Democratic voters clearly don't want Chin.  Marte has also been endorsed by the Asian-American Democratic Club and the Stonewall Vets Democratic Club.
So Chin is running scared.  So scared, she has aligned herself with a one-man political show from Chelsea, far outside our district.  This operative is noted for his smear tactics, dirty tricks and pay-for-play culture.  Chin's Chelsea operative has mailed flyers to SoHo voters with absurdist claims that a vote for Christopher Marte on the Independence line is akin to a vote for Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani.  Ignore him. Yes indeed, Chin is running scared.
Turnout in the 2013 mayoral election was 24%. This year it is expected to be significantly lower.  Turnout was only about 11% in the September primary.  So YOUR VOTE Tuesday can count tremendously for SoHo.  Polls are open from 6am to 9pm.  For information on Christopher Marte, visit http://www.martenyc.com
If you cannot vote on Tuesday, you can vote absentee on Monday, November 6 at the Board of Elections office on 200 Varick Street just south of Houston Street.  Bring ID.


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