Aug 24, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jamaal Bowman wins Democratic nomination for New York's 16th District

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) speaking during a press conference in June 2022.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) speaking during a press conference in Washington, D.C., in June 2022. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman won the Democratic nomination for New York's newly redrawn 16th Congressional District on Tuesday, AP reports.

Why it matters: Bowman is expected to hold on to his seat in the heavily Democratic district when he faces the Republican nominee, Miriam Levitt-Flisser, in the November general election.

  • Bowman, a self-described member of the progressive “Squad” of Democratic representatives, claimed the seat after ousting veteran Rep. Eliot Engel in the 2020 Democratic primary, marking one of the major upsets of the House primary cycle that year.

The big picture: Bowman defeated Westchester County legislators Vedat Gashi and Catherine Parker and Mark Jaffe, CEO of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce.

  • Levitt-Flisser is a pediatrician and the former mayor of Scarsdale. The Westchester County GOP nominated her to run for the seat on Aug. 16 after its previous nominee was selected to run for the New York Supreme Court.
  • The redrawn district now includes the county’s four largest cities of Yonkers, New Rochelle, White Plains and Mount Vernon.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the Republican nominee for New York's 16th Congressional District is Miriam Levitt-Flisser, not John Ciampoli. The Winchester County GOP nominated Levitt-Flisser to run for the seat after Ciampoli was selected to run for the state Supreme Court.

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