Ali RosenNov 9, 2017, 11:54 pmNov 10, 2017, 11:29 am

Teacher looking to fill George Latimer's State Senate seat

Kat Brezler, an elementary school teacher in the Bronx, has never held public office but has served as a delegate for the AFL-CIO

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WHITE PLAINS — Kaz Brezler, an elementary school teacher in the Bronx, announced on Friday her campaign to fill George Latimer's soon-to-be-vacated seat in the State Senate.

Brezler has never held public office before, but says she has served as a delegate for the Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO, for her teacher's union, and was an elected Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

"As we talk about what the future of the Democratic Party looks like, and the State Senate in particular, we need to be building a bench of smart, savvy young and, because there's a women's movement, preferably women, because they are underrepresented in the State Senate. It's one of the reasons why I'm running. I think that representation matters and I would be a good representative," Brezler said.

Brezler says she is passionate about a list of topics, including improving public education, universal health care and opposition to fracking.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has 90 days after Latimer is sworn in as Westchester County Executive to announce a date for the special election to fill his seat.

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