Guillermo Linares


May 6, 2012

Dear Friend, After many weeks of careful consideration and talking with family, friends and community leaders, I have decided to run for the New York State Senate. All my life I’ve worked to address pressing needs in our community: leading the successful fight as a teacher, school board member and parent activist to improve education and build new schools here; pushing for a new police precinct and safer neighborhoods as a member of the New York City Council; building stronger bridges between government and immigrant communities as the City’s Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs; and championing in the State Assembly the historic legislation to give legal status to livery cabs all across the city and giving an important boost to a key small business sector in our community. Today, no battle is more important to me than the fight to make a college education possible for all immigrant children by passing the Dream Act in New York. And as with so many pieces of progressive legislation, it’s clear that the key battleground is in the State Senate. That’s one reason I’ve decided to run for Senate this year. Because whether the Dream Act passes this year or not—and I’m still very hopeful that it will—the need for strong voices in the State Senate for immigrant rights and aspirations has never been greater. As your State Senator, I will be a champion for progressive causes that I believe are important to all the people of the 31st Senate District—from creating good-paying jobs and more affordable housing, to improving our public schools and access to quality health care, to protecting the environment and the rights of workers. These issues, and others, will be at the center of my campaign. I’m excited about this campaign and excited about the prospect of representing one of the most diverse Senate Districts in the entire state. And I’ve been heartened by the encouragement I’ve gotten over the past month from leaders all across the district—from Chelsea and the Upper West Side to Harlem, Washington Heights , Inwood and Marble Hill. As all my campaigns have been, this will be a true grassroots effort driven by volunteers and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, and from all walks of life, who share our goals and dreams. I hope you’ll join us as we move forward! I’ll be in touch soon. Warm regards,


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