BROOKLYN, NY — Paralegal and advocate Shaeleigh Severino officially launches her Democratic candidacy for New York City Council District 32 as incumbent Eric Ulrich completes his last term.
Queens District 32 is 1 of 3 Republican districts out of 51 seats in the New York City Council. If elected, Severino will become the District’s first female, Afro-Latina, and LGBTQIA+ individual to hold office. On a larger scale, Shapleigh Severino would be the youngest individual elected in New York City Council history.
A daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Severino’s experience as a first-generation American in a changing district, inspired her passion for advocacy and law. She worked her way into the Five-Year Baccalaureate/Master’s Dual Degree Program at St. John’s University. There, she will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a minor in Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Government and Politics.
Severino has worked with law firms across New York City as a paralegal, dealing extensively with litigation, elder, and immigration law. These experiences have shown her the power of legal action and further motivated her to run for office to make a meaningful systemic and legislative change in her community.
Ms. Severino says: “District 32 has changed since 2009. People are ready for a new Council Member with a track record of overcoming adversity, especially when New York City faces unprecedented challenges. Some see barriers where I see pathways to connection. I have a unique ability to relate to and understand people on so many levels. In just one month since my campaign announcement, I’ve gained immense support in my community from individuals on both sides of the aisle, small business owners, immigrants, and essential workers. I understand the challenges our District, borough, and city face. I look forward to the opportunity to share my platform, listen to the needs of the community, and earn your vote.”
About Severino for City Council
Shapleigh Severino runs as a Democrat for an open seat in Queens, New York City Council District 32. Our campaign is about creating the change we want to see in our neighborhoods, districts, and city. If elected, Severino will become the District’s first female, first Afro-Latina, and LGBTQIA+ individual to hold office. She would also be the youngest individual elected in New York City Council history.
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