Kingsbridge Latina Jessica Woolford to challenge for Dinowitz’s Assembly seat


Kingsbridge Democrat Jessica Woolford is challenging state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz’s Northwest Bronx seat, which he has kept warm since 1994.

Woolford, a progressive who has spent a decade working in Democratic politics — mostly in communications roles — told the Bronx Times on Friday she resigned from her position as U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York City press secretary two weeks prior to focus on her campaign.

“Coming into this work as a storyteller is really important because I grew up for so long not seeing stories like mine,” she said.

She emphasized her experience as the daughter of Dominican immigrants, saying her campaign goes beyond her candidacy and is about investing in the future leaders of the Bronx. Woolford grew up in Kingsbridge and lives in Riverdale.

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