From her teenage years, Diana Ayala’s life was marked by adversity. However, she had the fortitude to fight and overcome it and apply her experience to public service.
After almost two decades working in social services agencies and local government, Ayala recently announced that she will run to represent New York City Council District 8. First, though, she will have to win the Democratic primary, to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The seat is being left vacant by current Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who has reached the term limit allowed by law and cannot seek re-election.
[Editor’s note: As of June 11, there were six other Democratic candidates running for the seat, according to Gotham Gazette.]
The priorities of Ayala’s political platform are housing, public safety, combating gun violence and caring for seniors.
“My campaign proposal focuses on the issue of housing. It has been and continues to be one of my priorities for my community – both the South Bronx and El Barrio – during the years I have worked alongside Melissa Mark-Viverito,” said Ayala in an interview with El Diario.
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