Democrat Holly Lynch announces her candidacy for U.S. Congress in New York’s 10th Congressional District
Today, Democrat Holly Lynch officially announced her candidacy for U.S. Congress in New York’s 10th Congressional District. She will face incumbent Jerry Nadler in the June 2020 Democratic primary.
Lynch, an award-winning leader in strategic planning, two-time cancer survivor, and activist, is running on a platform of bringing a wholehearted change to Congress.
“Washington is broken,” Lynch said to a group of supporters gathered at P.S. Kitchen in Manhattan for her campaign kickoff.
“America is the wealthiest and most innovative nation on earth, but so many Americans are struggling to get by. We need a new generation of leadership, with bold ideas to deliver real change.”
Lynch has a three-pillar platform to her campaign: Medicare for All, equality for all, and an economy that works for everyone.
Medicare for All
“We can’t judge the health of the economy based on corporate balance sheets or the bank accounts of billionaires,” said Lynch. “How are every day, hard-working New Yorkers going to pay their bills, send their kids to college and set aside for the future? That’s the metric that matters.”
A two-time cancer survivor, Lynch knows first-hand the importance of access to healthcare, and has made passing Medicare for All a centerpiece of her campaign.
“It is unconscionable that in the United States, in the year 2019, we ration access to healthcare based on ability to pay. Healthcare is a basic human right. In Congress, I’ll make passing Medicare for All my number one priority”
Lynch says she’s also focused on taking on rampant economic inequality, especially in New York City. “We’ve overcome so much in this city in my lifetime,” said Lynch. “Through the AIDS crisis that devastated the LGBTQ communities, the recession of the 1980s, and the horrible attacks of September 11th , New Yorkers have stood together and persevered. Now economic inequality has turned much of New York into a mecca for the 1%. As middle and working class New Yorkers are priced out, we’re losing part of the soul of our city. I’m committed to advocating for progressive economic and housing policies that will benefit all New Yorkers, not just a privileged few.”
Investments in green infrastructure that creates jobs.
“We must continue our relentless commitment to the American dream and its economic, cultural, and technological future,” Lynch says. “We need public transportation and the electrical grid rebuilt. We need to support NYC’s efforts, the dreams of a future workforce, and a new U.S. infrastructure.”
To accomplish this, Lynch is pushing for a green, WPA-like public/ private partnership “to set a nationwide standard for what can be done to rebuild the county and its dream of working-class job-security.”
Congress is stuck in a moral vacuum.
While she believes hope can still to be found in DC, Lynch saved her strongest words for President Trump; “There is a racist in the oval office.” Lynch said. “It’s clear that Donald Trump uses language to divide us and is unfit for our nation’s highest office. His attacks on our Democracy leave only one course of action: Impeachment.”