Our city hangs in the balance. It may take a few weeks for finalized Ranked-Choice Voting results to come in. But as of Election Night, we can already celebrate a few clear wins. Whoever the Mayor is, they will have to contend with a progressive and socialist caucus in the City Council. Tiffany Cabán, Sandy Nurse, Jen Gutiérrez, Althea Stevens, and Gale Brewer will all be joining the New York City Council in 2022. Scores of our other candidates hold strong leads as we head into the first round of early voting.

While we wait to see which of our other TJV-endorsed candidates ultimately won their races, now’s a good time to recognize the scale of what we pulled off.

Our 2021 electoral accomplishments (so far!) by the numbers…

  • Over 500 JFREJ members participated in our endorsement process via candidate interviews, debates, surveys, and questionnaire vetting;

  • We endorsed over 40 candidates in 28 races — progressive and socialist champions up and down the ballot;

  • We engaged our slate in one seder, dozens of post-canvass ritual and communal gatherings, and Jewish education on issues critical to our community;

  • We hosted over 50 phonebanks and canvasses, reaching over 100,000 voters;

  • We sent targeted Get-Out-The-Vote texts to all 6,000 dues-paying members of JFREJ AND texts to almost 3,500 Jewish New Yorkers who aren’t members on top of that;

  • We shaped the public debate via hundreds of tweets, videos, op-eds, info-graphics, earned media, and TJV voter guides;

  • We engaged dozens of coalition partners in challenging but necessary conversations about Ranked Choice Voting, movement strategy, and our plans to win!

Yasher koach! A special note of appreciation goes out to the intrepid JFREJ leaders who volunteered hundreds of hours on The Jewish Vote’s Steering Committee, on our Endorsement Team, on numerous campaign teams across the city, and to everyone who phonebanked, text-banked, canvassed, tabled, and supported our candidates across NYC. Time and again, we heard from our candidates about how loved and supported they felt by TJV and about our impact on their campaigns. And that’s because of all of our members; everyone who participated in TJV GOTV.

We also have so much gratitude for all the candidates who sought our endorsement — especially those who earned our support — whether or not they win their races. By centering bold policy solutions, and forging powerful coalitions, these are the allies we ultimately need in office to co-govern and transform NYC together.

Regardless of who holds elected office in the next NYC government, our work continues. Our campaigns continue. (Our fight for #NYCBudgetJustice is still happening right now! Can you sign up to make calls to current city council members and ask them to pledge to fund the Hate Violence Prevention Initiative and cut funding from the bloated NYPD budget?)

Our commitment to member-leadership at all levels of JFREJ continues as well. Please join our upcoming member assembly on June 30 to begin our reflection on this election season. We’ll discuss what systems worked and what approaches we could improve moving forward. We’ll capture our shared lessons learned to strengthen The Jewish Vote for the critical electoral fights ahead and the new emerging balance of powers across NYC.