Assemblymember Brian Barnwell is facing a challenger for his seat in Albany.
Melissa Sklarz, a transgender advocate who has worked through a variety of roles, officially announced today that she will be running to represent the 30th Assembly District, which covers parts of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, and Maspeth.
Her run, partly inspired by the 2016 presidential election, will focus on women’s reproductive health, fixing the city’s transit system, and eradicating homelessness. She will run against Barnwell in the Democrat primary, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11.
“After the 2016 election, I realized this is no time to be on the sidelines,” Sklarz said. “With our transportation network in crisis, the assault on New Yorkers with the Trump budget that slashes billions in federal assistance to vital programs, and women still lacking proper representation, I am determined to make sure all voices are heard in Albany.”