The New York City Campaign Finance Board announced on Wednesday that seven New York City public advocate candidates have qualified for this upcoming Wednesday's public advocate debate.
The CFB says Michael Blake, Rafael Espinal Jr., Ron Kim, Nomiki Konst, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Dawn Smalls and Jumaane Williams met the thresholds to qualify for what they are dubbing the "leading contenders" debate.
The candidates who qualified, according to the CFB, needed to have raised and spent $170,813 as of February 15. They also need to have received an endorsement from either an NYC city, state or federal public official, or from one or more NYC organizations with more than 250 members.
This will be the second debate in the race for public advocate. It will take place this Wednesday, February 20 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and will be sponsored by NY1 (who will air and stream the debate live), the NYC CFB and BMCC. Co-sponsors include Spectrum NY1 Noticias, POLITICO New York, Citizens Union, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Latino Leadership Institute, The League of Women Voters of the City of New York, NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., East Kings County Alumnae Chapter.
A previous debate aired on NY1 on February 6. Ten candidates qualified for that debate.