Add Michael Blake’s name to the list of hopefuls for Rep. Jose E. Serrano’s seat when it comes open next year. The three-time Bronx Assemblyman filed for the seat on Apr. 23 with the Federal Elections Commission, announcing his intention to run for New York’s 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A primary election is scheduled to take place in June 2020.Blake, 36, has represented the Bronx’s 79th Assembly district, which includes Melrose, Morrisania, Concourse Village, East Tremont, Claremont and Belmont. He was first elected in 2015.The native Bronxite served in the Obama White House as director of African-American, Minority and Women Business Enterprises, and is a lay minister who has preached in Methodist churches in the borough.
“I am asking the people of the 15th Congressional District to give me the opportunity to be our next voice in Washington, D.C. where I will use my federal and local experience along with my vision focused on equity to represent our district,” Blake said in a statement.
Blake is the fourth candidate to file since Serrano announced in March that he would not seek reelection due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Councilman Ritchie Torres, 31 and Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., 75, are the two other candidates who have officially announced. A third possible candidate, Tomas Ramos, 32, filed with the Federal Election Commission on April 1, but has yet to formally announce his candidacy. Ramos is director of the Bronx River Community Center in Soundview.
One other prominent, establishment name emerged shortly after Serrano’s announcement. Marlene Cintron, longtime president of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp.and a close confidant of Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Tweeted that her campaign is in the “exploratory phase,” but to date she has not filed with the FEC.