Bronx June 25 Primary Election: What you need to know

A woman enters the Greek American Institute at 3573 Bruckner Blvd. to cast her vote during the New York City Primary Election on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.
Photo ET Rodriguez

Early voting for the June 25 Primary Election starts this weekend. Here’s what Bronxites need to know about their races. 


The June 25 Primary Election includes high-profile Bronx congressional and state Assembly contests, as well as races for Judicial Convention delegate and alternate delegate and a Civil Court judge position. Here are the big races in the Bronx.

Congress – Democratic Primary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (incumbent) vs. Marty Dolan


U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 34, who represents parts of both the Bronx and Queens in Congressional District 14, is facing challenger Marty Dolan in the Democratic Primary this year. 

On May 1, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pledges to raise $1 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts
Photo courtesy Office of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC as she’s more widely known, made history when her grassroots campaign emerged victorious during the 2018 primary midterms against longtime NY-14 Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley.  Crowley had been the District 14 representative since 1999 — when Ocasio-Cortez was just 10 years old — and had fundraised nearly $3 million for the 2018 Congressional race, which made her win all the more shocking. Since her 2018 bid, Ocasio-Cortez has been catapulted into a sort of political celebrity stardom and has been able to fend off all challengers who have come her way. 

But Dolan, a 66-year-old retired insurance executive, has told the Bronx Times he believes the time is right for a primary bid against Ocasio-Cortez — who hasn’t faced a primary challenger since 2022. Because the Bronx votes overwhelmingly Democratic, primary races are generally much more contentious than general elections.

Dolan thinks Ocasio-Cortez, who has described herself as a Democratic socialist, and other progressive politicians have actually made the city worse in terms of addressing social issues. Some of those issues he’s referring to — according to his campaign — include bail reform, subway safety, petty theft and scarce resources offered to non-sanctuary immigrants. 

<span class="image-credit">Marty Dolan announced he'd be challenging U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in June 2024.
Photo Rick Lash for the Dolan campaign

Jamaal Bowman (incumbent) vs. George Latimer 


Up in the 16th Congressional District — which includes a small portion of the North Bronx and a big chunk of Westchester County — progressive incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman, 48, is undergoing what many are saying is one of this year’s most contentious contests nationwide against his challenger — 70-year-old George Latimer, the County Executive in Westchester. 

The pair — Bowman, a member of what people call “The Squad” of ultra-progressive House members, and Latimer, a centrist — have sparred throughout the duration of their campaigns. In a debate this week, Politico reported that both men repeatedly snarked at and interrupted each other — largely over their differences in support for Israel and its war in Palestine. 

U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, the Working Families Party and others rally together in the Bronx on May 26, 2024.
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, the Working Families Party and others rally together in the Bronx on May 26, 2024.Photo Michael Paulson

Bowman has been one of the most outspoken pro-Palestine politicians since the Israel-Hamas war broke out on Oct. 7, 2023. Latimer — who, according to Politico, has accepted more than $600,000 from pro-Israel lobby AIPAC — has accused the incumbent of antisemitism. Bowman, on the other hand, has accused his challenger of projecting harmful “angry Black man” stereotypes onto him, Politico reported. 

Both Bowman and Latimer seem to be focusing their campaigning on their larger constituent base in Westchester County; however, residents of parts of the north Bronx will be able to choose between the two on June 25. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer, who is running in the NY-16 Democratic Primary.Photo courtesy Latimer for Congress

State Assembly – Democratic Primary 

Landon Dais (incumbent) vs. Leonardo Coello


If it feels like there was just an election in the Bronx’s 77th Assembly District, that’s because there was one. 

During a February special election on the only major snow day in the Bronx this past winter, 43-year-old former attorney Landon Dais was elected to fill the seat vacated by former Assembly Member Latoya Joyner — who announced on the first day of the 2024 legislative session that she was resigning to work in the private sector. In his first four months in office, Dais has already sponsored a bill that passed as part of the state budget to criminalize deed theft. 

But now in Dais’ first regular election, he has to secure his primary bid over Bronx native Leonard Coello — a familiar face at local community meetings and the Bronx borough director for the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs. Coello, 48, told the Bronx Times in a previous interview that his campaign has been a grassroots effort and said he credits his skill set with his previous work with community nonprofits like Children’s Aid, East Side Housing Settlement and Harlem Children’s Zone. 

The candidates vying to represent the neighborhoods of Claremont, Concourse, Mount Eden, Highbridge and Morris Heights in AD-77 squared off in a BronxTalk debate earlier this week. 

Incumbent District 77 Assembly Member Landon Dais (left) and challenger Leonardo Coello (right) debate on BronxTalk ahead of the June 2024 Primary.Photo Emily Swanson

Michael Benedetto (incumbent) vs. Jonathan Soto


State Assembly Member Michael Benedetto has represented the East Bronx areas of Throggs Neck, Pelham Bay, Co-Op City, Orchard Beach and City Island in the Bronx’s 82nd Assembly District since 2004. The northeast Bronx regular, now in his late 70s, has most recently had a hand in addressing coastal issues in the East Bronx and has been a leader in the effort to shut down illegal cannabis shops.

Scholarships are available to residents of the 82nd Assembly District who are current college students or high school seniors entering college. The application deadline is Monday, March 27, 2023. 
Bronx Assembly Member Michael Benedetto.File photo Aliya Schneider

And although Jonathan Soto hasn’t been elected to office, this isn’t the 39-year-old challenger’s first rodeo. The progressive candidate is up against the longtime incumbent for the third time on June 25.   

Soto, a former organizer for Ocasio-Cortez, first announced a bid to unseat Benedetto in 2020, but he “quickly” canceled his campaign to focus on rebuilding a school in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In 2022, he ran his first full campaign against Benedetto, but only secured 36% of the total tally. In a previous interview, he told the Bronx Times he’s confident that he’ll win more of the vote. Some of his top issues include education funding, affordable housing, and crime prevention instead of just crime response. 

Jonathan Soto speaks with his hands together, looking off camera while speaking outside the Trump Links at Ferry Point Park site.
Jonathan Soto speaks to an Instagram live audience at a “landback ceremony” to launch his campaign in front of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point on Jan. 6, 2022.File photo Aliya Schneider

Amanda Septimo (incumbent) vs. Hector Feliciano


Bronx Assembly District 84, which encompasses the Hunts Point and Mott Haven neighborhoods in the South Bronx, will see two familiar faces on the ballot come June 25. 

Bronxites first elected Amanda Septimo to the state Assembly in 2020 by nearly 75 percentage points, and two years later she won her re-election bid with nearly 50% of the vote against challenger Alberto Torres and the third-place finisher Hector Feliciano. Septimo is now seeking a three-peat, which she’s likely to achieve, since Feliciano’s 2022 primary bid against the incumbent yielded around 15% of the total tally. 

Septimo has worked in the state legislature on public health issues — which includes sponsoring bills related to toxic air contaminant mitigation in the South Bronx, and the proportional construction of methadone program facilities throughout the New York City boroughs. Methadone is a drug used to treat opioid use disorder.  

Bronx Assembly Member Amanda Septimo speaks at the "Trump isn't welcome here" counter rally in the Bronx's Crotona Park at the same time as former President Donald Trump's campaign rally on Thursday, May 23, 2024.
Bronx Assembly Member Amanda Septimo speaks at the “Trump isn’t welcome here” counter rally in the Bronx’s Crotona Park at the same time as former President Donald Trump’s campaign rally on Thursday, May 23, 2024.Photo Camille Botello

Also on the ballot

Lower-profile contests in the Bronx Democratic Primary include Assembly District State Committee and District Leader spots on the 77th, 81st, and 84th districts. Additionally, Bronxites will be able to elect Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Judicial Convention and County Committee members.  

There are no Republican primary races in the Bronx this cycle. 

The Primary Election

The early voting period for the Primary Election starts June 15 and lasts until June 23. Election Day is June 25. 

Early voting poll sites are different from Election Day poll sites. To find both, enter your house address and ZIP code into or reach the Bronx County Board of Elections at 718-299-9017 or via email at The Bronx County Board of Elections office is located at 1780 Grand Concourse on the fifth floor. 

For absentee voters, ballots must be postmarked no later than Primary day, on June 25. The Bronx County Board of Elections must receive absentee ballots dropped off in person no later than 9 p.m. on June 25, or no later than July 2 if sent in the mail. 

The June 25 Primary Election is a precursor for this year’s General Election on Nov. 5, where incumbent President Joe Biden is poised to take on former President and recently-convicted felon Donald Trump. 

For more information about this month’s primary, visit

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated there were Bronx state Senate races in the Primary Election.

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