Who am I?

John McManmon is the Democratic, Independence and Working Families nominee to represent the 2nd District in the New York State Assembly. Raised on Eastern Long Island, John is a proud graduate of Riverhead High School, Tulane University and Columbia Law School. Since law school, John has been an attorney in private practice.

Why am I running?

Politics doesn’t have to be a forum for hyper-partisanship. With the right leadership, it can still be about ideas.

I’m running for State Assembly to ensure Eastern Long Island is a place where the middle class can find decent jobs, afford homes and build their lives. Today, that’s harder than ever.

We need leaders with credible ideas to address this problem. I have developed a detailed plan with achievable steps to reduce the tax burden on business and individuals. If elected, reducing the cost of living, working and doing business on Eastern Long Island will be my top priority in Albany.

Public service has always been an important part of my life. I was in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck, and volunteered by helping families through the ensuing housing crisis. As an attorney, I am proud of my pro bono advocacy for autistic children.

My campaign is founded on the idea that honest and hard work can make a real difference in people’s lives. In the Assembly, that’s precisely what I intend to do.

My Goals

My top three goals are (1) promoting a broad and inclusive middle class by holding the line on the cost of living, (2) attracting quality jobs to Suffolk County by creating public/private partnerships to spur entrepreneurship and fighting for fair wages for working people and (3) building an inclusive society through proper investments in public resources, especially in education (e.g., funding for mandatory Pre-K and post-secondary and vocational institutions).

My DFA Values

See my response to the "People Powered" question below. Beyond that, I will fight to create an inclusive society. This means ensuring our laws are not only facially fair, but also fair in application. My campaign has endeavored to be as responsive and candid as possible. To that end, we have answered every letter, email and phone call we have received, often in the same business day.

Holding elected office shouldn't be about partisan gain. Indeed, much of the job entails nuts and bolts, i.e., constituent service. I see my role in the Assembly first and foremost as a community leader and listener, as well as a voice for voiceless and champion of the under-privileged.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign truly has been a team effort. We've reached out to many progressive and grassroots organizations including the Long Island Progressive Coalition and numerous local unions. Part of our strategy for victory includes raising broad support and meeting as many voters as possible. To that end, I've been knocking on doors and/or making phone calls seven days a week since July. In my district, people power is not only the right way to win, it's essential.

Voice support

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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