New York state senator Adriano Espaillat is challenging Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, for his seat in Congress in the Democratic primary on June 26th. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The stage is set for a rematch.
After a narrow loss to Representative Charles B. Rangel in 2012, State Senator Adriano Espaillat announced on Thursday that he would once again challenge the longtime congressman in the primary election.
“I ask you to join this journey for the next four months,” Espaillat said, speaking at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. “It won’t be an easy journey, but I think it’s a road to Washington.”
Rangel, 83, has represented Harlem since 1970 for a total of 22 terms. With Harlem pastor Rev. Michael Walrond Jr. already in the running, Espaillat's announcement makes the primary a three-way race.