Manhattan could elect the next leftist district attorney

The best positioned of Vance’s opponents may be Bragg, who has received the support of Arena – a venture capital-funded group that recruits, trains and supports Democratic candidates across the country. Bragg, 45, is African-American. He said he was shaped by his personal experiences with law enforcement growing up in Central Harlem. “I myself was targeted and over-investigated, stopped at gunpoint,” Bragg told City & State. “Many of my close friends had some interaction with the criminal justice system, and I generally had been the one called to assist in my capacity as a lawyer.” Having this kind of personal narrative, and being a person of color, has helped make insurgent candidates like Ocasio-Cortez and Cabán appealing to younger progressive voters. 

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NO DECISION FROM CY VANCE ON FOURTH DA TERM AS CHALLENGERS MOUNT

Vance’s first challenger, Alvin Bragg — who previously served as the chief deputy attorney general in New York and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District — already has publicly knocked him for how the Epstein case was handled. “There’s either an unwillingness or an inability to do cases against influential people,” Bragg told THE CITY.

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Alvin Bragg announces Democratic primary campaign against Manhattan DA Cy Vance

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

On Tuesday, Bragg becomes the first declared candidate against incumbent Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. in the 2021 Democratic primary. A former state chief deputy attorney general, Bragg will announce his candidacy in a video slamming the “two standards of justice” in the borough — “one for the rich and powerful and connected, and another for everyone else.”

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