The race to succeed Ritchie Torres as member of the City Council for the 15th district has garnered significant interest. Elisa Crespo, a DSA member and former aide to the Borough President, has emerged as one of the leading fundraisers in the race.
Crespo proposes funding the proposals outlined by the plan, in part, by using funds divested from the NYPD — and “refunding the people,” she said. “This is a life-and-death situation for Black women and we can absolutely find money for this,” she said. “I’m tired of The Bronx being the sickest, poorest, hungriest borough.”
Speaking with Norwood News before the rally, Crespo made clear that her political campaign was not solely based around her identity as a transgender woman. “When I am elected as Councilwoman, I will be bringing a voice to a community that has never been heard,” she said. “But, I’m also here to represent everyone regardless of their background.”
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“Someone, no one knows who, defaced the mural and wrote lots of hateful speech and bigoted comments on the top of it in red spray paint,” Elisa Crespo, an out trans candidate for City Council in the Bronx, told Gay City News in a phone interview on September 21.
Today Victory Fund also endorsed Elisa Crespo in her 2021 race for New York City Council.
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“Our lives are not any less valid than anyone else’s. Sadly, too often when we speak about Black Lives Matter, all black lives are not centered. This is why murals like this matter and are important," said Elisa Crespo.
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Crespo was motivated to run for the soon-to-be-open seat because she became tired of living in a community that she said has been rife with poverty and unemployment and always seems to be the “last in everything.”
“Those who have struggled, and been marginalized, and been oppressed should be the ones who should be making the decisions,” said Crespo, who is 29 years old and would likely be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, Council members. “My generation, for the first time, is not going to be better off than the generation before us. We’ve lived through multiple economic disasters and I strongly believe that it’s going to take a new generation of bold progressive leaders to bring systemic change.