Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-Yonkers, secured his second term in 16th Congressional District with his win over former Scarsdale mayor, Dr. Miriam Levitt Flisser. According to early projections from the Associated Press, Rep. Bowman claimed victory with 57.4% of the vote.
As congressman of New York’s 16th District, Rep. Bowman represents Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and New Rochelle in Westchester County, as well as the Northern Bronx. He campaigned on his congressional record in favor of abortion rights and firearms safety, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act, legislation that supports drug price negotiation at the federal level for Medicare recipients.
Rep. Bowman also campaigned on his Green New Deal for Public Schools Act, a $1.4 trillion investment over 10 years designed to combat climate change and encourage sustainability for public schools and municipal infrastructure.
Education is also a priority issue for Rep. Bowman. He is a former school principal who worked as a crisis intervention teacher in the Bronx public school system. He later earned a doctorate degree in Education and founded the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, a Bronx middle school dedicated to teaching with a holistic, natural curriculum.
Dr. Miriam Levitt Flisser also has a background in education as a school physician in a number of Westchester schools. Her campaign focused on urging Americans to honor the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, including their abortion rights’ rulings. Flisser opposes federal restrictions on gun ownership and believes that enforcing current laws is the best course of action.
According to data gathered from federal campaign reports, Flisser only spent $1,300 on her campaign run, while Rep. Bowman dedicated $1.8 million to his campaign, including his run up to the Democratic primary in August.