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Sliwa enters race for city public advocate

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 10:30 am

Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder turned popular radio talk show host, is running for public advocate.

Sliwa, who was endorsed by former Republican congressman and ex-Queens County GOP chairman Bob Turner in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, is intent on challenging Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) for enough Republican and independent votes to win a special election early next year against what could be a crowded and heavily divided Democratic field.

Public Advocate Tish James, who was elected in November to be the state’s next attorney general, will vacate the office effective Jan. 1.

“Curtis Sliwa has been a public advocate all of his life,” Turner said. “For four decades he’s fought to make our subways and streets safe and has never hesitated to speak out against the far left lunacy of the de Blasio administration. No one can doubt that Curtis Sliwa would be the most effective person to hold Mayor de Blasio accountable as public advocate. He is the clear choice for Republicans and independents to bring some sanity to City Hall and prevent a complete domination by Democrats in New York next year.”

Ulrich has the GOP’s formal endorsement in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Sliwa has never held elective office.

The field of more than 20 announced candidates also includes Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn).

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