New York City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) will host a rally in Roosevelt on Thursday night to
kick off his third-party bid for Governor of New York.
The outspoken councilman will be joined by members of his newly-founded Freedom Party at Memorial Presbyterian Church for a community forum. Discussions are slated to include hot-button issues such as gang violence and the lagging economy.
Last month, Barron announced his intention to run for governor of New York. He said his campaign is a “protest bid for governor” against gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, citing his disprovable of Cuomo’s choice of a white running mate, Mayor Robert J. Duffy of Rochester, making it an all-white statewide ticket for the Democratic Party.
While announcing his bid for governor, Barron formed the New York Democratic Freedom Party, an all-black offshoot of the Democratic Party, to which he belongs. He said he has become increasingly disenchanted with the Democratic Party.
Barron told the Daily News that he is confident he will get the 15,000 signatures needed to secure his party’s name on the ballot in November. He also aims to acquire 50,000 gubernatorial votes, giving the Freedom Party status as a major party for the next four years.
The rally will be held at 189 Babylon Tpke. from 6:30-8:30 p.m.