Bryan J. Jimenez announced today that he is seeking the Green Party line for Mayor of Albany. Jimenez, a University at Albany graduate, has a long history of social justice activism and involvement, and was a co-founder of the UAlbany Green Party Society. Jimenez expects to challenge Daniel Plaat in a primary for the line, and welcomes the challenge to explain to Albany Greens and then voters in the general election why his ideas represent a bold, bright future for the city of Albany.
“I’ve submitted my petitions to the Board of Elections to run for Mayor of Albany as a Green. I intend on seeing Dan Plaat in a Green primary on September 12th and hope to push through to face the other candidates on November 7th. My platform centers on expanding the Albany tax base by using city power to redevelop land and buildings and then lease the land out to small businesses, cooperatives, and renters. As the program expands, we can lower taxes and keep prices and rents reasonable. This also means that we can lay the groundwork to tackle the budget deficit. Trickle-down economics and austerity does not work; strong action by city government does and I am the only candidate pushing for it,” said Jimenez.
The campaign pointed out that this will be the first true intra-party primary for a Green line since the 2001 Albany mayoral contest. Jimenez said Green Party candidates have historically done well in Albany when able to present themselves to voters: Alice Green received 27% of the vote in 2005 running for mayor, and David Lussier won 49.9% of the vote running for County Legislature in the city of Albany in 2007. Jimenez’s campaign pointed to both as aspirations, hoping to build on their success.