On Wednesday, three Democratic state senators endorsed progressive activist Ana Maria Archila for lieutenant governor in the field of the party’s three nomination candidates.
The endorsements come a day after Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled her replacement for former indicted lieutenant governor Brian Benjamin. Hochul is looking to Rep. Antonio Delgado to fill the office job and run with her in November.
But Delgado must first clear a Democratic primary, currently scheduled for June 28.
On Wednesday, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris, Senate Health Committee Chairman Gustavo Rivera and Sen. James Sanders endorsed Archila.
“New Yorkers are facing an affordability crisis and need real solutions, including truly affordable housing, better-paying jobs, and quality health care for all,” Gianaris said. “Ana María is exactly the independent voice that working families need to make sure the state government is focused on their needs – not the interests of billionaires and big business.”
Candidates for lieutenant governor run separately from candidates for governor in party primaries. The winners come together on a formal ticket to the general election.
Archila shows up on an informal ticket with New York City public attorney Jumaane Willaims.
In addition to Delgado, Archila faces former New York City Councilwoman Diana Reyna for the nomination. Reyna is Rep. Tom Suozzi’s favorite running mate.