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Claire Valdez for Queens Assembly District No. 37

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About Claire

Claire Valdez for New York State Assembly District 37

I’m a Latina, a democratic socialist, and a union organizer fighting every day for a better world for all of us. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, pay too much in rent, be exploited and taken advantage of at work. I also know that when people come together, we can win a better life for ourselves and our community. 

Together, we have the power to create neighborhoods where ordinary working people can have the best of everything. For generations, Queens, including Maspeth, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Long Island City, has been a place where artists, hardworking families, and recent migrants can put down roots and build thriving, healthy communities.

Working people make Queens the vibrant, dynamic, and magical place that it is—but every day, people are being displaced and priced out of our community. While the costs of basic necessities such as food, housing, and healthcare are reaching historic highs, large corporations and billionaire investors are suppressing wages, raising rents, and exploiting vulnerable workers. 

The future I’m fighting for is one where everyone in Queens, from every deliverista in Sunnyside to every union nurse in Ridgewood, has everything they need to live a beautiful and meaningful life. That’s why I’m fighting for workers rights, high-quality housing, health care and education for all — because we shouldn’t have to be rich to have a beautiful, dignified life and future. 

I’m honored to fight alongside you to win the future we deserve. Join us!

Assembly District 37

New York Assembly District 37 map with neighborhoods labeled: Long Island City (LIC), Sunnyside, Woodside, Maspeth, Middle Villege, Ridgewood

Assembly District 37 includes the Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Long Island City. It’s a place where artists, hardworking families, and recent migrants can put down roots and build vibrant and healthy communities, but we’re being squeezed by landlords, bosses, and privatizers. Together, we can build communities where each and every one of us has what we need to thrive.

Our Platform

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Housing

We all deserve safe, healthy homes. We need to pass Good Cause Eviction to keep tenants in their homes and communities, fight for long overdue repairs in our public housing, and treat housing as a human right for all. In Albany, I will support the creation of a Social Housing Development Authority which will mobilize union labor to build and repair beautiful, resident-controlled housing that is permanently affordable for New York families.

Read the Housing platform

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Labor

Everything in our lives is made possible by working people, but bosses and privatizers are hoarding wealth and squeezing us harder than ever. We must protect workers and support the growth of a strong labor movement in order to win a future where all workers and communities get what we deserve.

Read the Labor platform

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Climate Change

We all deserve a bright future free from climate chaos and disaster. We must transition to a just, renewable future, end environmental injustice, and increase our communities’ resiliency — and we can do so by creating good, union jobs.

Read the Climate platform

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Education

New York families need fully funded, fully public schools that are integrated into our communities, from pre-school to CUNY. I will support the Universal Child Care act, which funds universal statewide childcare, including 3K and 4K. At the K-12 level, I will fight for schools to have the necessary resources to support all students, from culturally responsive curricula and bilingual education, to adequate support services. For higher education, I will champion the New Deal for CUNY and Repair NY.

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Healthcare

Everyone deserves free, high-quality healthcare. Our health and well being should not be subject to the whims of insurance executives and privatizers trying to line their pockets. We must pass the New York Health Act to guarantee healthcare for every New Yorker and to support our healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines of so many crises. NYHA will save 90% of New Yorkers money on their healthcare costs and save New York state billions each year.

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Transit

Transportation policy is directly linked to economic justice, health justice, and environmental justice. If the state makes it easy, fast, and cheap to get across the city by train, bus, bike, or foot — then New Yorkers have better access to jobs, education, childcare, and recreation. NYC also has some of the worst traffic and produces more automobile carbon emissions than any other city in the U.S. We must design our transit system to get more New Yorkers out of cars, reduce carbon emissions, and clean the air.

Read the Transit platform

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Queer Liberation

Every person deserves to live a safe, healthy, joyful life. Queer and trans rights and safety are under attack across the United States. New York must do more to become a leader in promoting queer liberation, by both addressing these attacks directly and investing in housing, healthcare, and jobs.

Read the Queer Liberation platform

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Reproductive Justice

As the right to abortion is stripped away across the United States, New York must do more to protect and expand not only the right to abortion care, but increase access to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care overall.

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Immigration

Where someone was born or their immigration status shouldn’t determine whether they are able to live a dignified life. Immigrants, regardless of status, deserve full access to all social infrastructure, the right to live without fear of deportation or harassment, and a voice in our communities.

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Public Safety

Decades of defunding healthcare, housing, libraries, and after-school programs has had devastating results. We need to prevent crime, not just react to it. That means investing in defunded programs proven to create true public safety.

Read the Public Safety platform

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The Economy

We all deserve a life of abundance, but the rich are hoarding the wealth they stole from workers and hope the rest of us fight for scraps. We must tax the rich and use the money to create an economy that works for all of us.

Proudly Endorsed By

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UAW Region 9A

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Shawn Fain
Shawn Fain
UAW President

Gustavo Rivera
Gustavo Rivera
State Senator‎
Jessica González-Rojas
Jessica González-Rojas
Assemblymember
Sandy Nurse
Sandy Nurse
NYC Council Member

IATSE Local 161
IATSE Local 161

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Lead Locally
Lead Locally

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TREEage
TREEage

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NYC Kids PAC
Communications Workers of America‎
Communications Workers of America
Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
Former NY Gubernatorial Candidate‎
Zohran Mamdani
Zohran Mamdani
Assemblymember
Brad Lander
Brad Lander
NYC Comptroller‎
Chi Ossé
Chi Ossé
NYC Council Member

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SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents‎
CIR-SEIU‎

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Run for Something

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Tenants PAC

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League of Independent
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League of Independent
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NYC-DSA
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Mike Gianaris
Mike Gianaris
State Senator

Emily Gallagher
Emily Gallagher
Assemblymember
Tiffany Cabán
Tiffany Cabán
NYC Council Member
Hanif Shahana
Shahana Hanif
NYC Council Member

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MTR Action

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The Jewish Vote
The Jewish Vote
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Citizen Action of
New York

Paving Tomorrow
Paving Tomorrow
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NY WFP

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Kristen Gonzalez
Kristen Gonzalez
State Senator

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Marcela Mitaynes
Assemblymember
Alexa Avilés
Alexa Avilés
NYC Council Member
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Émilia Decaudin
Émilia Decaudin
NY Democratic Committee Member
NYS National Organization for Women
NYS National Organization for Women
Sunrise Movement NYC
Sunrise Movement NYC
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Metropolitan Council on Housing
Metropolitan Council
on Housing
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Planned Parenthood‎‎
Julia Salazar
Julia Salazar
State Senator

Phara Souffrant Forrest
Phara Souffrant Forrest
Assemblymember
Jumaane Williams
NYC Public Advocate
Samy Olivares
Samy Olivares
Former District Leader for AD 53
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CUFFH
Action

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DRUM Beats

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New York Communities For Change
New York Communities For Change
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Congresswoman
Jabari Brisport
Jabari Brisport
State Senator

Sarahana Shrestha
Sarahana Shrestha
Assemblymember
Jennifer Gutiérrez
Jennifer Gutiérrez
NYC Council Member
Marti Gould Cummings
Marti Gould Cummings
Former City Council Candidate
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Bangladeshi Americans for Political Progress
Bangladeshi Americans for Political Progress
Jim Owles
Liberal Democratic Club
Jim Owles
Liberal Democratic Club

Press

AOC endorses fellow Democratic Socialist Claire Valdez for New York Assembly District 37

“The endorsement comes at a crucial time for Valdez, who is campaigning on a platform that includes fully funded public services, affordable housing, and strong labor rights.”

Queens Residents Rally Against Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Flip Flop 

“It’s a slap in the face to millions who use public transit. We had planned for capital improvements so we could actually get where we needed to go on time,” said Valdez who is running as a Democratic Socialist and is endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

Working Families Party endorses Claire Valdez in race to unseat Assemblymember Juan Ardila

“Valdez is a Latina, tenant, and union member and organizer with UAW Local 2110. Her campaign is focused on stabilizing the high cost of housing, raising wages for workers, and strengthening CUNY and public education.”

How NY’s establishment Democrats are testing progressives’ staying power in 2024

“Valdez’s roots as an organizer are on full display as her campaign knocks on doors throughout the district.”

As Lawmakers Gut Tenant Protections, Tenant Advocates Turn to Fighting to Defeat the Budget

“It’s a real ‘which side are you on’ moment,” said Valdez. “We’re going to take that information as we move forward with this fight. We’re not going to stop here, or just with this budget.”

Valdez enters race to unseat Ardila

“As unit chair for support staff at Columbia University, who are part of UAW Local 2110, Valdez is keenly aware of AD 37’s working-class roots. That’s at the heart of her platform, and if she’s elected, would be reflected in her budget priorities in 2025.”