Democratic insider mounts primary challenge against Assemblyman Brian Barnwell

By Bill Parry Woodside resident Melissa Sklarz announced Tuesday she will mount a primary challenge against state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in September. Sklarz, a longtime Democratic party insider, is the first transgender person to run in the 30th Assembly District, which includes Woodside and Maspeth, as well as parts of Middle Village, Astoria, Long […]

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Transgender activist Melissa Sklarz to challenge Brian Barnwell for Queens Assembly seat

By Ryan Kelley With 15 years of experience serving the Democratic party in a number of roles, Melissa Sklarz is making history by running against Assemblyman Brian Barnwell in the 2018 primary. Sklarz officially announced her candidacy on Feb. 20, becoming the first transgender person to run for the District 30 seat, which covers parts of Woodside, Maspeth, Middle Village, […]

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Barnwell Faces Challenger for 30th Assembly District Seat

By Nathaly Pesantez 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, […]

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Melissa Sklarz, Life-long Advocate and Champion for Equality, Runs for Queens Assembly Seat

For Immediate Release Contact: Anthony Hayes | Anthony@Hayesinitiative.com Date: February 20, 2018 With years of experience building coalitions to deliver real change, Sklarz becomes the first person of trans experience to run for office in 30th Assembly District in Queens. Queens, New York: After representing her neighbors for 11-years as an elected judicial delegate, Melissa […]

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There are a record number of transgender candidates running in 2018 & that’s good for America

By Ron Johnson Up and down ballots from coast to coast, more trans candidates are running than ever before. Reuters estimates that more than 40 transgender candidates are in races across the country. California transgender candidate Ashlee Marie Preston has ended her election bid for the state assembly. Preston, who publicly challenged Trump supporter Caitlyn […]

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