George Diaz, Dinowitz’s 2020 challenger, to mount 2nd Assembly bid


George Diaz Jr., a progressive who unsuccessfully challenged state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz in the 2020 primaries, is throwing his hat into the ring again.

Diaz’s candidacy marks the second primary challenge to Dinowitz, after Progressive Jessica Woolford, a former U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spokeswoman, announced her candidacy for the same spot last month.

Diaz told the Bronx Times he initially decided to run in 2020 because he thought it was “ridiculous” that Dinowitz won a special election in 1994 — then 13 consecutive elections — and had never been challenged in a primary. That year, Dinowitz, a Riverdale Democrat, won his 14th general election for the 81st Assembly District, after defeating Diaz 64%-36% in the Democratic primary.

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