The primary race in City Council District 2 figured to be one of the most crowded in the city this September 13, with 11 candidates jockeying for votes in the Lower East Side, the East Village, and Gramercy. The diverse race—the disabled, African Americans, Latinos, lesbians, straight women, and white guys are all represented—was a fitting contest to replace Margarita Lopez, the feisty, openly gay, Latino councilwoman whose election eight years ago was a progressive milestone in Manhattan. But that was before Lopez's aide and heir apparent, Rosie Mendez, and their progressive political club CoDA moved to bounce several candidates... More >>>