In New York’s 16th Congressional District, Jamaal Bowman has defeated Republican challenger Patrick McManus. Bowman is a former Bronx middle school principal who recently joined protests demanding an end to racism and police brutality. In June’s Democratic primary, Bowman defeated Congressmember Eliot Engel, the Foreign Affairs Committee chair who has served in Congress for more than 30 years. Congressmember-elect Bowman spoke to Democracy Now! on election night.
Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman: “I’m going to Washington to fight for housing as a human right, healthcare as a human right, fully funding our public schools, a federal jobs guarantee, raising the federal minimum wage, a Green New Deal, and humane criminal justice and immigration reform.”